Rice processing facility rising in Davao del Sur

Subscribe Now February 25, 2011 at 11:36pm

A P196-million Korean-backed modern post-harvest facility, which would benefit about 8,000 Davao del Sur farmers, has started to rise in Matanao town, Davao del Sur, Governor Douglas Cagas said Wednesday. Cagas said the project was aimed at reducing post-harvest losses among farmers in the province, which is considered one of Southern Mindanao's rice granaries, stabilizing farm gate prices by raising the quality of harvest and increasing the farmers’ incomes.

He said the Rice Processing Plant (RPP), funded through a cost-sharing agreement between the Korean International Cooperation Agency (Koica), the Department of Agriculture and the provincial government, will be built on a 1,700-square-meter lot.

He said the facility will feature mechanical driers that would shorten the drying time for palay. This, Cagas said, would translate to lower drying costs.

“Farmers only need to bring their fresh palay to the RPP and avail of the efficient and affordable drying, milling, and processing facilities,” he said.

Cagas said the RPP will also provide better storage to maintain the quality of rice.

“This processing plant will also be equipped with the most advanced technology such as computers, which are able to separate whole grain rice from broken ones, thus farmers can demand higher prices for their rice,” he said.

Ernesto Miro, provincial agriculturist, said the RPP will help reduce post-harvest losses by up to 23 percent or the equivalent of two million tons per year.

Meanwhile, in Davao City, the local government said it was finalizing a deal with a South Korean firm for the development of vegetable production areas.

City agriculturist Leonardo Avila said representatives of the Koregon Seed Co. had met with Mayor Sara Duterte concerning the project.

He said the Koreans had also visited a 40-hectare farm in the Mandug district, which is being eyed for development as vegetable-growing area.

Source: inquirer.net

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