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36 Bicol farmers’ orgs get P1.5M worth of portable drying equipment

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Thirty-six rice farmers’ organizations in the Bicol region received a boost from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) with the provision of P1.5 million worth of portable drying equipment.

Ten agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) from Albay and four from Sorsogon received portable drying equipment worth P935,000 and P630,000, respectively. Twelve other farmer’s groups in Sorsogon area also benefited from the project.

“Fourteen of these recipients are ARBOs, and the rest are farmers’ groups that we assist to get equipment like these from other government agencies. We in the government extend assistance through programs and projects that we can implement to help each other’s clients and stakeholders,” said DAR-Bicol regional director Rodrigo Realubit.

“Our role at DAR doesn’t stop at distributing lands to landless farmers, we also see to it that they get the support services they need to make their lands productive,” Realubit added.

Realubit said these provinces are rice-producing areas where rice farming is a big source of income for farmers in these part of Bicol. However, due to a lack of facilities for the complete and hygienic drying of rice, farmers suffer grain losses, resulting in decreased cash income.

Each ARBO got two units of the Portable Solar Dryer-Grains Thermal Drying Trays (Portasol-GTDT) that would serve as a solar drying alternative for their palay and other crops.

It comes with a set of 12 trays and can dry up to 150 kilos, or three cavans of palay, in a single full day of sun exposure. It also helps in lowering the grain’s moisture content to a safe level for storage.

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