The Department of Agriculture (DA) in partnership with Provincial Government of Nueva Ecija (PGNE) granted agricultural machinery in June, 2017, this is in line with the 2017 Rice Mechanization program of the Department. Awarding of certificates for 2017 Rice Mechanization was facilitated by Gov. Cherry Umali, Mr. Serafin Santos - Provincial Agriculturist, Mr. Fernando Guintu – Agricultural Program Coordinator at Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (APTC) in Caalibangbangan, Cabanatuan City. The machines granted to qualified Cooperatives, Irrigators and Farmer Association were 9-reaper, 8-thresher, 33-combine harvester, 68-4-wheel tractor, and 423-shallow tube well. Program aimed to help the farmers to lessen cost of production and increase in production. Office of the Provincial Agriculturist is accepting applicants for 2018 Rice Mechanization program until August 15, 2017.