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PIA Press Release
2009/10/24

Kiangan buys dryer, grinder for farmers

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Kiangan, Ifugao (24 October) -- To help farmers and small business enterprises, the Municipal Agriculture Office here purchased a dryer and grinder equipment for root crops and other farm products such as squash.

Acting Municipal Agriculture Officer William Buhong said that the equipment will help solve the problems of farmers with their excess or not saleable farm products such as gabi and squash, which can now be grinded into floor.

During harvest time we often see excess farm product put into waste because they are rejected by buyers so in order that they will not be wasted, we will teach our farmers to make use of them in other ways and be able to sell them. That can be an additional income for them, Buhong said.

Funded by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in the amount of P1M and a counterpart of P.4M from the local government unit here, the equipment will be managed by the farmers organization here.

Buhong disclosed that the dryer can accommodate 200 kilos of any product for drying and it takes 2-3 hours for the facility to dry a product. He explained that the grinder is not limited for glutinous rice, gabi and squash. He shared that that they were able to grind the rattan fruit known as "littuco" to be used for cooking "sinigang."

According to Buhong, the MAO will help the associations market their products. He added that vendors selling kankanin (delicacies) as well as others from adjoining municipalities can make use of the equipment but with a fee for its maintenance.

Kakanin vendors here have to go to Lagawe for the grinding of root crops or gluttonous rice to cook into delicacies. This is also a way of helping the vendors cut on expenses in their fare going to Lagawe, Buhong said. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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