Ad­di­tional me­chan­i­cal dry­ers needed in Palawan

Palawan News - - PROVINCE - By Rachel Ganan­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The Na­tional Food Au­thor­ity (NFA) in Palawan said it is now pre­par­ing a pro­posal for the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA) to help fund the pur­chase of 10 ad­di­tional me­chan­i­cal dry­ers for un­husked rice (palay). Ner­i­lyn Conde, NFA as­sis­tant man­ager, said Fri­day that they will be added to the seven ex­ist­ing me­chan­i­cal dry­ers they al­ready have in Narra and Brooke’s Point, south­ern Palawan. She said they are hop­ing that by 2019, there will be more me­chan­i­cal dry­ers to man­age wet un­husked rice dur­ing the rainy sea­son. “Sa pakikipag-ug­nayan natin sa DA ay hope­fully [magka­roon tayo ng dagdag na me­chan­i­cal dry­ers]. Meron tay­ong gi­na­gawang pro­posal na magka­roon tayo ng ad­di­tional me­chan­i­cal dry­ers. Ac­tu­ally, may bud­get ang De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, hope­fully by 2019. We are hop­ing 10 units or more.” She added 15-20 units are the ideal num­ber that Palawan needs for the pro­duc­tion of farm­ers in the prov­ince, in­clud­ing the Calamian Is­lands Group.

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