Farmers in Barangay Apo Macote, Malaybalay City can now minimize post harvest losses, especially during rainy season as the Department of Agriculture through the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) has turned-over one multi-fuel biomass fed  furnace on April 14, 2011.

The multi-fuel biomass fed furnace optimizes the use of 2 mechanical dryers (6 and 4 tons capacity) as it can dry 10 tons of palay grains from 31% to 14% moisture content in 6 to 8 hours.  It is cost-efficient as  it uses rice hull and corn cob as  fuel that can produce heat sufficient enough to dry grains.  It is also equipped with temperature controller and an automatic feeder to reduce the energy cost for grain drying by 56%.

PhilMech programmed to upgrade one unit of mechanical dryer taken cared by a cooperator in every region as a techno demo site and as a model for other farmers and LGUs to replicate.

DA-RFU 10’s Regional Technical Director Constancio  C., Maghanoy, Jr. together with PhilMech’s Science Research Specialist, Engr. Roderick Vereña hand-in the Certificate of Stewardship  and Memorandum of Agreement  to the Apo Macote Multi-Purpose Cooperative thru the Chair, Vicente Leono.

Mr. Leono, recipient of one unit  heartily accepted said facility and believed that it would be of great help to their 119 members including associate members in drying their harvested grains  especially during the rainy season.  Since it started its operation in September, 2010  the coop was able to dry 241,466 kilos of corn and 23,260 kilos of palay.

 “This drying facility is a big help to us as the operation cost is more affordable to  our farmers because it only uses rice hulls and corn cobs as fuel unlike other mechanical dryers which uses kerosene”. He also assured everyone especially the authorities that the project  is in good hands.#  ADECERSonia

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