The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over the Post-Harvest Facilities (PHF) amounting to Php 2.08 million to the Mapalad, Bautista, San Antonio, Sto. Niño Marketing Cooperative (MBSS) in Mapalad Hillside Agrarian Reform Community in San Agustin, Isabela to boost farmers’ income.
DAR-Cagayan Regional Director Atty. Marjorie P. Ayson said the facilities were implemented under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP) III and funded by the Japan Banking International Cooperation (JICA) in partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Agustin under the cost sharing scheme.
Ayson said that the project consists of 72 sq.m warehouse which can accommodate 5000 cavans of rice and a 450 sq.m solar dryer to serve 187 members of the said cooperative.
San Agustin Mayor Virgilio A. Padilla thanked DAR for the facilities as it would greatly help farmers reduce losses arising from the lack of storage and drying facilities.
Mr. Virgilio Juan, MBSS chairman, said facilities serve as a pre-requisite in farming to attain good quality of grains and corn.
“We do not need to dry anymore our grains on the road for it results to damaging our produce. Things will be different now that we have these facilities”, he added.
Mr. Arthur Juguilol, a member of the cooperative, said: “Our dreams have been realized. Let’s seize this chance for us to become productive so that we could also help our fellows as soon as our income increases.”