Nueva Ecija’s onion farmers to get P190M cold storage facility
The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) will fund the construction of a P190-million cold storage facility will soon rise in Barangay Caballero in Palaya City, Nueva Ecija.
DA’s Regional Director Crispulo G. Bautista Jr., together with PRDP- Regional Project Coordination Office (PRDP-RPCO 3) Action Officer Gil G. David and Palayan City Mayor Adrianne Mae J. Cuevas, recently led the groundbreaking ceremony of the facility.
In a brief speech, David stressed that due to the lack of storage facilities, farmers are often forced to market their produce at a low price. With the construction of the cold storage, it will enable farmers to store their produce in safe custody and obtain a good price.
David also encouraged the beneficiaries and local authorities to value and uphold proper maintenance to the facility upon its completion adding how challenging it is to avail a vast project with a huge allocated budget to the PRDP.
The construction will be closely monitored by the PRDP I-BUILD Component, supervised by Rural Infrastructure Engineer Bon Alexis Guatato, and is expected to be operational by 2020 with an initial 120,000 bags capacity.