DA-10 OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, CPA, Research Division Chief Juanita B. Salvani, and research station chiefs Clotilde B. Jumalon, Carmelito R. Lapoot and Ulito T. Kindom, Provincial Operations Center Chief Nilda B. Salas, Corn Program representative Richan Lacanaria and Gabriel Rivera, representative of the AgriComponent Corp. lay down the time capsules containing the blueprint for the construction of 3 units VTD. These will help the research stations to improve the quality production of corn grains and to reduce postharvest losses and neighboring corn farmers, at the same time.
In its pursuit of fortifying its production services, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) recently held a series of groundbreaking ceremony in its research stations for the soon-to-be established village-type corn-on-cob dryers (VTDs).
Funded under the Corn Program, these nearly Php13.5 million (M) drying facilities will be constructed to ensure the production of quality corn grains in the stations, resulting to increased productivity and reduced post-harvest losses.
Its recipients are the Research Center for Hilly Land Development (RCHD) in Claveria, Misamis Oriental; Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC) in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon; and the Research Center for Upland Development (RCUD) in Dangcagan, Bukidnon.
Costing about Php4.5-M each unit, the two-component VTD comprises a village-type corn cob processing facility, wherein it includes 1 unit corn-on-cob dryer, 1 unit sheller, 1 unit recirculating batch type grain dryer, and 2 units biomass furnace, and a 15 meter (m) x 12 m x 9 m shed.
Leading the event is DA-10 OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado, CPA, whose recurring message in the separate groundbreaking ceremonies, is to fast track the establishment of the VTDs, as these have long been sought by the research stations and to address the postharvest needs of corn farmers within proximity, as well.
“I am requesting the contractor to facilitate the construction of this project because dugay naning gi-pangandoy dili lang sa mga station akip na ang mga surrounding farmers,” the DA official addressed the contractor.
“Naa usab kita’y groundbreaking kay for us to be assured nga ang site ready, prepared ug katong site mismo ang gi-trabahuan base sa plano, so wala’y changes,” the director added.
With the installation of the corn drying facilities, it will support the eight-hectare corn area of RCHD with an estimated corn production of 12.8 metric tons (MT), the 8-10 MT harvest output from NMACLRC’s five-hectare cornfields, and the ten-hectare corn area of RCUD with a projected yield of 16 MT.
“Pasalamat kami kay gitagaan ang NMACLRC ani nga facility kay galisud gyud mi pag-abot sa harvesting sa mais kay usahay mo-timing nga ting-ulan. With this, ma-ensure nato ang quality sa atong semilya sa mais kay we are producing Open Pollinated Variety (OPV) corn seeds,” Juanita B. Salvani, the research division chief responded.
RCHD Chief Clotilde B. Jumalon likewise expressed her gratitude to the management, saying that despite having a cocoon dryer and a Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement in their station, the VTD will be of greater help with the kind of weather they are experiencing.
“Grabe ang number of rainy days dinhi sa usa ka tuig. Halos three-fourths sa number of days sa usa ka tuig kay sige’g ulan,” the center chief detailed.
To ensure the overall progress of the corn drying facilities, OIC-RD Collado also instructed to have designated project engineers per station to warrant the completion of the project in accordance with the specifications provided in the program of work and detailed engineering design.
“Tan-awon ninyo ang specs sa mga materyales bag-o nila [contractor] ibutang. Naa gyud in-charge ana and to also monitor their accomplishments,” the director underscored.
Aside from the engineering group, he further directed the Corn Program, the provincial operations center of MisOr and Bukidnon, and the research stations to also assist in the conduct of periodic monitoring, so as not to incur any delays in the implementation of the VTDs. #