THE Department of Agriculture (DA) on August 23 turned over to farmers in Barangay Cabano, San Lorenzo, Guimaras, a rice processing center and one unit of rice thresher.
The P5.9-million rice processing center came with a 300-square-meter warehouse complete with drainage and electrical system; one multi pass rice mill with one ton per hour milling capacity and 65 percent minimum milling recovery; and one unit of recirculating dryer with six tons holding capacity and 90.5 percent drying efficiency.
The rice thresher costs around P1 million.
These projects benefited some 30 farmers who are members of the Guimaras Seed Growers Multipurpose Cooperative.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, who graced the turnover Wednesday, August 23, said the projects are just the beginning of the many more projects to be provided to the farmers, as the government pushes for farm mechanization and improved agriculture production.
He said the farmers in the island province are currently facing problems in their production, thus he wanted to provide them their needs.
He said he is initially planning to provide each of the five towns of the province one unit of harvester, which could help the farmers minimize production losses.
He also vowed to help farmers acquire hybrid rice so they can increase their production. (PNA)