By Julio P. Yap Jr.

The alliance between Kubota Philippines, Inc. (KPI) and R.U. Foundry and Machine Shop Corporation (RUFMSC) augurs well in promoting eco-friendly farm mechanization in the country.

Believing that food, water, and the environment are indispensable, the alliance towards advocating an eco-friendly relationship can bring positive impact on the agricultural sector in the country.

After all, both companies are focused on contributing their concerted efforts for enhancing agricultural productivity and attaining food sufficiency in the Philippines, as well as protecting the environment towards building a safe community for the Filipinos.

Ramon D. Uy Sr. and his wife, May Aileen, with the newest addition to their line of sturdy shredders – the RU Shredder which is equipped with a chopper and chipper, and powered by a reliable Kubota RK-70 S diesel engine.

With the efforts of KPI, a subsidiary of Kubota Corporation of Japan, which is one of the major agricultural machinery manufacturers in the world, and RUFMSC, developer and manufacturer of high quality machinery and equipment to promote and support farm mechanization, it could make the farmers become economically productive and attain sustainability in the operation of their respective farms.

Using quality and precision-engineered Kubota engines like the RK Series, RUFMSC manufactures the RU Shredder, a versatile agricultural and industrial equipment specifically designed to accelerate and hasten the decomposition of organic waste, and other biodegradable materials.

The RU Shredder, which has been proven to be efficient and sturdy for waste recycling and organic fertilizer production, is now used extensively in the different provinces, cities, and municipalities all over the country.

Modern farming equipment and machinery like those being offered by the Kubota Group and RUFMSC can help improve productivity, and eventually uplift the lives of the Filipino farmers.

Farm mechanization now plays an important role in the country.

According to Ramon D. Uy, Sr., founder and chairman of the board of RUFMSC, sustainable mechanization is the process of presenting the right machinery to the farmers in order to make their production more sustainable and become more efficient in cultivating their crops.

With the adoption of appropriate, cost effective, and modern agricultural equipment and machinery, farming can become more beneficial and less labor intensive, allowing the farmers to enhance their efficiency and productivity.

Farm mechanization can also help in achieving food security in the country, and eventually increase the income of the farmers.

Aside from improving production efficiency, mechanization also encourages large-scale

production, and helps in achieving an improved quality of the farm produce.
The RU Shredder is a user-friendly machine which hastens the decomposition process by reducing garbage into a fibrous, easily composted state – a vital solution for disposing farm and market wastes, and other biodegradable materials.

The machine can also be a livelihood partner because waste materials can be converted into organic fertilizers which can be used by the farmers for economically enriching their crops.

Powered by the Kubota RK Series diesel engines, the shredder, which is manufactured with quality and heavy duty materials, allows the shredding of waste materials in any given site.

The new RU Shredder that is equipped with a chopper and chipper. It is likewise powered by Kubota RP-70 Series diesel engine.

It can shred waste materials at the rate of 500 kilograms per hour up to 6 tons per hour, depending on the model of the shredder which are all equipped with high quality tempered steel blades.

Uy says that RUFMSC, an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Company, was able to develop the shredder machine which is expected to revolutionize the agricultural industry in the country.

He says, composting plays a crucial role in the country’s agricultural sector, particularly in the promotion of organic farming, which is now gaining ground in the country.

“We can solve a myriad of interconnected problems with the establishment of composting facilities for biodegradable waste materials – from attaining food security to maintaining the soil’s health,” Uy added.

Organic fertilizer produced from agricultural residues such as rice straw, animal manure, and many others, are now being intensively used as alternative to inorganic or synthetic fertilizers.

Considering that large amounts of biodegradable wastes are also coming from markets and residences, there is a need to set-up facilities near markets, trading posts and residential areas that will convert these waste materials into organic fertilizers/compost which could be used by farmers.

The Organic Agriculture Act promotes and encourages the establishment of facilities, equipment and processing plants that would accelerate the production and commercialization of organic fertilizers and other inputs.

While the production of organic fertilizer/compost from agricultural residues has been vigorously pursued by the government and its partner organizations since 2009, the use of market and residential wastes as a source of organic inputs was not given sufficient attention despite the enormous volume of biodegradable materials.

Hence, there is a need to extend the provision of composting facilities to cover market and residential sources.

This is also in line with the objective of Kubota Philippines, Inc. to contribute to the agricultural productivity and improvement of food sufficiency in the Philippines.

KPI believes that it can contribute to the country by the mechanization of the agricultural process through its products.

Joan Pingcali of RUFMSC poses with one of the numerous brand-new Kubota RK-70 Series diesel engines which power the different line of RU shredders, and other farm machinery and equipment.

“Our high-quality products can provide more effective food production and enable farmers to increase their yield and profitability. This will lead to improvement of food sufficiency and can make life in the Philippines better,” KPI says.

KPI is the largest agricultural machinery distributor in the Philippines which provides agricultural machinery to its clientele through its network of authorized Kubota dealers in the country, like the Bacolod City-based RUFMSC.

KPI vows to continue to provide high quality agricultural machinery products which are backed by Japanese technology and technics. Among the farm machinery and equipment of KPI which are now being used in the different regions in the country include the SR-K800PH Automatic Seeder, NSPU-68CMD Rice Transplanter, and Kubota Harvester.

While the RUFMSC will continue to “stich” or to unite the efforts and resources of the different line agencies of the national and provincial governments, private sector, non-government organizations, academe, religious groups, overseas Filipino workers, and other concerned sectors to be able to make the marginalized farmers aware of farming technologies which are now available for them to develop their respective farms to become progressive and sustainable.

Aside from the RU Shredder, RUFMSC also manufactures other farm machinery and equipment which are all ISO Certified, Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Registered, and Agricultural Machinery Testing and Evaluation Center (AMTEC) tested, like the RU Rock Crusher, Plastic Shredder, Hammer Mill/Pulverizer, Cassava Granulator, and many others that are all powered by the Kubota RK Series Engines.

In realizing the objectives of farm mechanization, farmers are not only lowering the losses on production and postharvest, it can also help in achieving sustainability and efficiency.

Through mechanization, farming is even becoming fun and not as labor-intensive as before because it can accord the stakeholders with more time to attend to other pertinent matters regarding agricultural development.

Rico Biñas of RUFMSC demonstrates the operation of a heavy-duty shredder for crushing different biodegradable waste materials at the plant of RUFMSC in Bacolod City.

Increasing the levels of farm mechanization does not necessarily mean the need for bigger investments in acquiring farm machinery and equipment because the return on investment (ROI) can be achieved in a shorter time, as manifested by stakeholders who have already started to mechanize their farming operations in many parts of the country.
Farm mechanization can significantly contribute to the development of the country’s agricultural sector due to its efficiency, effectivity, and being environmentally-friendly.

With KPI’s “For Earth, For Life” motto which is anchored on the belief that food, water, and the environment are indispensable for human beings, and RUFMSC’s mission to manufacture high quality and sturdy agricultural machinery and equipment, they are bound to continue to support efforts for the attainment of a prosperous life for the Filipinos while protecting the environment.

They are committed to support the future of the earth and humanity by contributing products which can help the stable production of food, help supply and restore reliable water, and help create a comfortable living environment through their superior products, technologies, and services.

This appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s December 2018 issue.