Rice processing facility rising in Davao del Sur
Subscribe Now February 25, 2011 at 11:36pm
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.
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