Rice processing complex construction starts

December 1, 2009 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

PhotobucketLINGAYEN – Thousands of Pangasinan farmers witnessed the lowering of the time capsule that signals the start of the construction of the modern rice processing complex in Pangasinan.

The multi-million project, a grant from the Korean Government, will be built at the provincial nursery in barangay Tebag, Sta. Barbara.

The Korean government led by Korea International Cooperating Agency (KOICA) resident Kim In, together with Secretary Arthur Yap of the Department of Agriculture and Pangasinan government officials led by Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. also signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the project.

The state-of-the-art post harvest facilities will serve as a one-stop shop for milling, drying and storing, thus, helping reduce post-harvest losses. It will also enhance higher production and increase the income of farmers.

The construction starts in November and is expected to finish on May 2010.

Espino expressed gratitude to the Korean Government for making the province of Pangasinan one of the project recipients.

He also thanked Yap for endorsing Pangasinan as site of the project as he expressed optimism that it will boost the province’ agricultural development thrusts.

“With the rise of rice processing complex in our province, we hope the province will be able to attain 95 percent increase of rice production in the coming years. More so, it will help not only the farmers in Pangasinan but also those from the nearby provinces of Tarlac and Nueva Ecija increase their income,” he added.

Espino said the project costs around P196 million, with the provincial government providing the one-hectare lot for the building. The province through its engineering office has facilitated the site improvements which started in October.

Yap said the project would not have materialized without the commitment of Espino who, according to Yap , played a major role for the various major development projects in Pangasinan.

“He has already been working for various developments here in Pangasinan even when he was still the Pangasinan Provincial Director in 1992, as he was behind the social engineering works for the San Roque Multi-Purpose Dam, Agno Irrigation Project and the Sual Coal Fired Power Plant.

Moreover, Yap said that the rise of RPC and the newly inaugurated P11-B Agno Irrigation Project will make Pangasinan the second biggest province in terms of rice production. For now, Pangasinan is the country’s third rice producer next to Isabela while Nueva Ecija remained number one for years.

Thanking the Korean Government for its generous assistance to the Philippines , Sec. Yap said the $13-million modern integrated RPCs in the provinces of Aurora, Bohol, Davao del Sur, Iloilo and Pangasinan, the country’s top rice producers, will help fuel the country’s food security program.

He said the country expects to attain self sufficiency in rice by 2013.

Sec. Yap also assured the Pangasinan farmers of an opportunity to increase their income. “You could now sell your palay from P17 per kilo to P40 per kilo. And this is what we want, to increase your income,” he said.

The RPC in Pangasinan will serve as a one-stop shop service center for milling, drying and storing. It will have a drying capacity of 5,600 metric tons per year or 1,000 bags per day, a miling capacity of 2.5 metric tons or an equivalent of 50 cavans per hour, and a storage capacity of 1,100 tons of dried paddy.

Kim In, the Koika representative, expressed his gratitude to Gov. Espino for “his solid cooperation and firm commitment to the project.”

“The establishment of the RPC project is indeed a testament to ever deepening friendship and cooperative relations of our two countries, and more plans for the agricultural sectors will be coming up,” he said.

He thanked the DA for its dedication in the promotion of food security, advocacy to the development of agri-business and for the local government units on their efforts to create more jobs for agricultural workers.

“We are very pleased to say that the Philippine and the Korean governments have more plans ahead for the agricultural sector as the result of great impact of RPC in Baler, Aurora and your positive support to this undertaking in your province,” Kim In said.

According to Kim, the MIC program serves as a vehicle to “recreate Korean Economic Miracle in the Philippines by combining clusters of agro-industrial, infrastructure, manufacturing and eco-tourism zones in appropriate Philippine provinces so that we could achieve maximum economic potential of that area.”

“I am confident that our two projects on the MIC and RPC would contribute to the development of the Philippines and further strengthen the friendship and cooperation between our countries in the 60 years of our diplomatic relations,” Kim said.

Other dignitaries present during the ceremony were Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Third District Representative Rachel B. Arenas, and Mayor Reynaldo V. Velasco of Sta Barbara. (Merly Ramos/PIO)

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