One of the things we do well is our agricultural and economic development. Our true motto is: James 2:18b “I will show you my faith by what I do.” (NIV) Introducing appropriate technology has been one of our hallmarks. Jesus came to preach good news to the poor. Good news to them is; “There is a way out of poverty”.
Paul Mok, the founder of our “Tractor Factory” came up with another transforming bit of mechanical wonder. It is built with old Russian jeep parts, a single cylinder Chinese diesel engine, and a lot of innovation. This thing looks like a cross between a “1916 Rumely Oil Pull” and the “Surrey with the Fringe on Top.”
It can apply fertilizer, insecticide, and herbicide in one trip. It treats in excess of 100 acres a day, and does almost no harm to the rice crop. Previously, as our kids applied these chemicals by hand, they got sick. Now? No problems! By the way, notice the picture of this contraption moving through the rice field, and look at the neighbors crop to the left of the machine. Our rice is a much darker green. Both are similar varieties planted at the same time. The difference? Lime to correct the pH and fertilizer. This is technology we share.