16 units MPDP, 10 flatbed dryers arrive in Kalinga
by L. Lopez
Tabuk City, Kalinga (15 August) -- Sixteen units of multi-purpose drying pavements(MPDP) and 10 units flatbed dryers arrived this month in the province and are now distributed to beneficiary areas.
Provincial Agriculturist Gerry Jose the 16 MPDP are distributed as follows; Tabuk, 13; Pinukpuk, 2 and Tanudan. Tabuk will also get eight flatbed dryers while two will go to Pinukpuk.
Jose said these support facilities are still part of the allocations to the province last year, in support to the Rice Commercialization Program under the Ginituang Masaganang Ani (GMA) Rice Program.
This is jointly implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Post- Harvest and Research Extension (BPRE), National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and local government units.
Government distributes MPDPs as soft loans, while flatbed dryers are grants with counterparts from beneficiary farmer groups, who provide free labor and the lot for the project.
The government fund per MPDP unit is P100,000, while that for flatbed dryer is P550,000. The new set of dryers will provide great help to farmers who used to meet some problems with post-harvest facilities in a top rice-producing place like Kalinga.
Kalinga as center of the rice production program in the Cordillera Region is a pilot of various farming interventions from DA. The province is devoting 16,000 hectares to rice production, a major factor under the food security thrust in the Cordillera.
Jose said technical staff from DA-CAR and BPRE are in the province to personally supervise implementation of the projects. (PIA Kalinga) [top]