Palay, corn driers useful for farmers

July 27, 2015 at 9:16 am Leave a comment


RAINY DAY PROBLEM SOLVED

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ALCALA- When the rain was non-stop for two weeks and farmers have nowhere to sundry their newly harvested corn, the mechanical palay and corn drying facilities here and in Villasis became very useful.

GOLDEN PRODUCE. The corn drying facility in Alcala worked non-stop during the continuous rain in July when farmers cannot dry their produce under the sun.  The facility saved the day for the farmers. The other photo shows former Rep. Mark Cojuangco inspecting the operations. LOEJAN ANUDON

GOLDEN PRODUCE. The corn drying facility in Alcala worked non-stop during the continuous rain in July when farmers cannot dry their produce under the sun. The facility saved the day for the farmers. The other photo shows former Rep. Mark Cojuangco inspecting the operations. LOEJAN ANUDON

At the height of the continuous rains, corn farmers who took their grains to the drying facility in Bersamin village had to queue as there were plenty of them needing the services of the facility.

But former Pangasinan fifth district Rep. Mark Cojuangco came to the rescue. He asked Villasis Mayor Libradita G. Abrenica through former Mayor Nonato Abrenica who is in charge of the facility, to open the town’s palay drying facility to accommodate corn farmers and traders.

The facility’s machine, which is for palay, was adjusted so it can dry corn of farmers and traders from from Pozorrubio, Sta. Barbara and other towns.

“We thought that our facility here will be used only for palay drying since we have small group of corn farmers, but the unexpected monsoon rains have made us realized that it will be operational to its fullest,” Abrenica said.

He also said that the workers and operators of the drying facility had to render overtime work to accommodate volumes of corn.

The two mechanical dryers are identical in specifications. They have the same machines, equipment and a warehouse of about 4,300 sq. meters.

The facilities are cost efficient as they use rice hulls as fuel. The farmers have to pay only sixty five centavos per kilo of corn, to cover operational expenses.

The facilities were funded out of the 80% congressional tobacco excise tax of 5th District Kimi S. Cojuangco, 10% tobacco excise tax of the municipal government and financial assistance from the Department of Agriculture (DA).

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