DA-10, CDO to build P20-M cold storage for agri productivity

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Mar. 25 (PIA)--Enabling farmers to increase productivity and profitability, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 and City Government of Cagayan de Oro through the Agricultural Productivity Operations Office (APOO) led the groundbreaking ceremony of the P20 million Monolithic Dome Cold Storage and Packing Facility, March 25.

"The construction of this dome type storage and packing facility is one of a kind in the region that requires advanced engineering or construction technology. This facility will extend the shelf life of highly-perishable commodities and reduce post-harvest losses of the farmers in Cagayan de Oro City and Northern Mindanao as a whole," DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene Collado said.

To be built at the City Engineering’s Compound, Kauswagan, here, the 350 MT capacity facility is funded through the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2) under High Value Crops Development Program.

"Today we are breaking ground itong magandang project (this beautiful project). We are honored and certainly we will take care of it. Alam namin na malaking tulong ito (WE know that this is a big help) not just in Cagayan de Oro but also in the whole northern Mindanao," Mayor Oscar Moreno said.

The mayor extended his gratitude to DA noting that even with the current situation where the revenues are going down and the economy is affected, a stimulus project like the cold storage is being funded.

Moreno then urged the beneficiaries to take care of the facility emphasizing that stimulus projects should produce results and "it’s a one-way street kung hindi makapag-produce (if beneficiaries will not be able to product) and the government may not have funds anymore" to suffice the needs of the farmers.

The dome will serve as the region’s storage and packing facility with two loading docks, pre-cooling room, with areas for washing/rinsing, sorting, palletizing and office with a total area of 500 square meters, said Collado.

"The whole facility has an area of 1,300 square meters which is the counterpart of CLGU Cagayan de Oro, of which I am thankful to Mayor Moreno for facilitating and responding to this partnership," the regional executive director added.

DA-10 also turned over P1,915,315 worth of various agri-interventions that include vegetable seeds, all purpose shredder, hand tractor, molasses, effective microorganisms, water drums, knapsack sprayer, and fertilizer.

For their part, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-10 provided P5,750,000 cash and food subsidy for 1,100 farmers and fisherfolk, and 1 Fisherfolk Association in the city. (RTP/PIA10)