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PIA Press Release
2007/10/26

NFA grants Bayawan farmers' coop with P500-T dryer

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (26 October) -- A farmers' cooperative in Bayawan City will soon be the third cooperative in the Philippines to own a crop dryer worth P500,000.

This developed after the National Food Authority (NFA), upon the recommendation of the food agency's Negros Oriental office, granted the Bayawan Multi-Purpose Agricultural Kilusang Bayan (BMAKB) with a Biomass-Fed Furnace, a dryer for palay and corn.

According to NFA Information Officer Rolando Lazalita, the dryer will be retrofit by a fabricator in Bukidnon to suit BMAKB's existing rice mill.

"Anytime this month, mu-start na ang pag-fabricate," said Lazalita.

Only three farmers' cooperatives in the country- one each in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao- own a Biomass-Fed Furnace, all of which were granted by NFA under its Corn Development Fund.

Lazalita said that NFA picked BMAKB as the grant's recipient since they already own a rice mill, a requirement for the grant, aside from being a cooperative of good standing.

In the past years, BMAKB has been recommended by NFA here for the outstanding farm cooperative award in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Energy Secretary said that farmers would need to be introduced to technologies for producing drought-resistant crops.

This is in line with the Philippine Climate Change Response Action Plan (PCCRAP) developed by the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change (PTFCC).

The PCCRAP outlines various strategies on climate change and the role the Philippines will play to address climate change. (PIA/RMN) [top]

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