Villasis palay drying facility big help to farmers
AT THE HEIGHT OF TYPHOON LANDO
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
VILLASIS- The Villasis Palay Drying Facility established through initiative of fifth district Representative Mark Cojuangco proved to be of great help to farmers in this town especially during calamities.
During the onslaught of typhoon Lando from October 19 to 22, farmers who have harvested their palay earlier could not find the place to dry their crops as rains continued to pour for four days.
Isabel’s Ambroce, a farmer of San Blas village in this town, said he lost hope that his 210 sacks of palay that was newly harvested will be dried.
” I thought I could no longer recoup my expenses. But when I learned that the Villasis Palay Drying Facility in Unzad was opened for farmers’ use, I immediately coordinated with the municipal agriculture office where technicians helped bring my harvest to the facility,” Ambroce said.
Ambroce is one of the farmers who availed of the services of the said facility during typhoon Lando.
At the height of the typhoon, the facility dried 830 tons of palay with an estimated value of P12 million.
” The facility is open to farmers who wished to avail of its services. There’s no truth that we are selective of clients. Through the municipal employees cooperative, we could also buy the newly harvested palay at a price higher than the traders’ price,” Rene Mundo, municipal agriculturist of the town said.
He said that wet palay was bought at the facility at P15 per kilo, a peso higher than the commercial price at P14 per kilo.
It will be recalled that the drying facility and warehouse was a project of 5th District Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco, which was funded out of the congressional share of the tobacco excise tax.
The same kind of facility was also constructed in Bersamin, Alcala, which was opened in July this year.
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