PHILIPPINE FARMERS RECEIVE TRAINING ON STORAGE AND SUN DRYING


 

Farmers from Saranggani Province, Philippines received the much-needed training last month on proper sun drying and Ultra-Hermetic storage - thanks to the collaborative effort between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and GrainPro. More than 30 farmers from cooperatives participated in seminars conducted in six municipalities across the province.

The training is part of the DA’s efforts to reinvigorate the agriculture sector in the region. Known locally as the Special Areas for Agricultural Development (SAAD) program, the objective is to identify problems and recommend solutions to address poverty and create livelihoods in the poorest parts of the Saranggani.

Alnor Limbo, Technical Support engineer for GrainPro, explains that, “the training of SAAD beneficiaries creates the much-needed awareness and interest in post-harvest technologies that will reduce losses in food supply and income.” The training program involved classroom sessions and hands-on training on proper drying and organic storage using the GrainPro Collapsible Dryer Case II (CDC II) and the Self-Verifying Cocoon (SVC).

The CDC II is an improved solar drying floor that protects the commodities from the effects of sudden rains during drying operation. The SVC is an Ultra-Hermetic storage container that stops infestation and inhibits fungal contamination in stored grains and seeds by preventing the exchange of air and moisture. Together, these products form a combination that effectively reduces losses of food supply and income. The farmers intend to use the CDC II on locally harvested crops such as cassava, paddy and corn, while the SVC is intended to store seeds for the creation of seed banks.

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