Hi-tech rice processing complex completed in July - DA
Dagupan City (28 May) -- The state-of-the-art rice processing complex rising at the provincial nursery compound in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan is now 50 percent complete with construction on schedule.
Department of Agriculture Regional Technical Director Crispulo Bautista told the team of representatives from the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), led by Mr. Kim Jen Oh, about this development during their ocular inspection of the facilities last Tuesday.
It will be recalled that Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with KOICA and DA for the establishment of modern integrated rice processing in Pangasinan under a P160 Million grant from the Korean government.
For its part, the Provincial Government provided the lot and the three-phase power lines. The construction of drainage system and the concreting of access road are also about to start.
DA secured the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) and the Regional Development Council endorsement for the construction to proceed. It also shouldered the transportation cost of materials from the port to the site and will provide the P20 Million initial start-up capital for the operation of the complex.
Bautista said they expected the complex to be completed in July, with test run of the facilities by August and inauguration by September or October.
The Provincial Government and the DA also made known their request to KOICA representatives to provide a generator set capable of running the whole complex during the typhoon season.
Once completed, the complex will be equipped with state-of-the-art post harvest facilities and will serve as a one-stop service center for milling, drying and storing, aside from providing contemporary production technologies to produce high quality rice.
The project aimed to improve efficiency in rice post-production in Pangasinan thru reduction of postharvest losses, enhancement in the quality of milled rice, improvement of the distribution system and maximization of rice by-products.
The complex, costing some P200 million, will be jointly owned by the province and the DA. A farmers' organization will be trained to manage the facilities. (PIO/PIA Pangasinan /dos) [top]