DA-11 milling operation assures safe,quality rice
Carina L. Cayon
MATANAO, Davao del Sur – An official of the Department of Agriculture’s rice processing center here has assured that the rice milled from the facility are safe and of good quality.
Engr.Ricardo Onate Jr. project manager of the Davao Rice Processing Complex,raised the assurance during a media tour at the complex amidst the fake rice scare in the region.
Onate said the RPC Davao only provides safe, quality and affordable rice to its consumers mostly from Davao City and Digos City.
The processing complex based in the municipality of Matanao in Davao del Sur province mainly provides processing services such as drying, storing and milling of rice bought from producers in said town and neighboring areas.
Onate said that the one-stop service center is equipped with state-of-the-art postharvest facilities and technologies capable of producing genuine premium, well milled and regular milled rice.
He said that with the capability of mechanical dryer to dry fresh palay harvest, preservation of the quality of newly harvested palay is also assured.
He added that the RPC has higher milling recovery of 65 percent and only 15% loss compared to other milling facilities which only have 50% milling recovery.
About 50 to 60 bags of rice are being milled at the RPC in an hour or 400 to 480 bags of rice in an eight-hour operation, or an average of 3,000 bags of rice in one month.
Onate said they have already established regular suppliers of palay from various farmers’ organizations and irrigators’ associations such as the Badagoy Irrigators Association in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur.
He said individual farmers or farmers groups could directly go to the RPC with a minimum requirement of 100 bags to avail of the drying and milling services.
The established markets of the milled rice from the RPC include food chains, public markets and Gaisano malls in Digos City and Davao City.
The RPC Davao is one of the four rice processing facilities located in major rice producing provinces in the country being operated by DA as a grant from the government of Korea through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) with a total funding of $13 million.
RPC Davao started its full operation in August 2013. The other RPCs are found in Pangasinan, Iloilo and Bohol. The first RPC was built in Aurora, Quezon Province.
As the recipient province and municipality, the Davao del Sur provincial government and the Matanao municipal government provided their respective counterpart of construction preparations.
DA-XI, meanwhile, handles the RPC operations and owns the one-hectare area where the facility is presently put up. (PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon)