COTABATO CITY—Bangsamoro Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR), started the construction post-harvest storage facilities on Oct. 12, at Barangay Damalasak in Pagalungan, Maguindanao del Sur which aims to minimize the post-harvest losses caused by floodings.
Director II for Agriculture Services Engr. Ismail Guiamel said the building, which was funded under the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM), can store up to 10,000 bags of rice and its solar dryer has a drying capacity of 80-100 bags.
“This project will provide post-harvest storage and reduce agri-products losses in times of disaster like floods,” Guiamel said, noting that the ecipient barangay is one of the flood-prone areas in Pagalungan.
The building measures 300 square meters with 420 square meters of Solar Dryer worth Php5.2-million. It also has Multi-Pass Rice Mill (Diesel Type) worth Php2.8-million.
Municipal Councilor of Pagalungan Abdul Mamasabulod expressed his deepest gratitude to the Bangsamoro Government, through MAFAR, for providing a project that will be beneficial to the farmers in storing and securing their agricultural products during rainy seasons.
“Our local government is committed to supporting the project’s implementation to make it operational,” Mamasabulod said.
The facility is expected to be finished within 150 days on or before March 11, 2023, and will be turned over to Damalasak Uyag Uyag Farmer’s Cooperative. (Kasan Usop, Jr./BIO)