HINUNDAYAN, Southern Leyte, March 8 (PIA) -- A number of rice farmers in this grain-producing locality of the province are considered late adaptors when it comes to changing their ways of farming, from the traditional to employing the use of mechanized machines.

According to Kristano Bual, municipal agriculture officer (MAO), only about ten percent of the number of farmers in the town have not yet embraced farm mechanization in tilling their lands.

There are 1,350 rice farmers in Hinundayan, so with 10 percent of them still clinging to the old ways, there are 135 of them, Bual said in an interview during a side trip to the municipal gym shortly before the field Kapihan sa PIA Tuesday (March 2) with Mayor Elisa Cadingan.

Still, Bual remained hopeful these farmers can still be convinced, and will eventually join the ranks of the late adaptors.

It was learned that Hinundayan LGU recently received five units of farm machineries under the mechanization program of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

MAO Bual said these included a harvester, a 4-wheel drive tractor, and three units of walk-behind transplanters.

The harvester machine was turned over to Camungaan Farmers Association through their president, Albino Lagumbay, while the others are still at the municipal grounds.

There are 30 farmers association in Hinundayan town, and the rice land has an area of 525 meters, the third largest in the province, the first being Hinunangan and the second, Saint Bernard. (ldl/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)