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Farmers in Alfonso Lista, Ifugao can now dry their corn produce all-year round after the village type dryer (VTD) became operational, this year.

The VTD was turned-over  by the Department of Agriculture –Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) through the Corn and Cassava Program to the Ifugao State University (IFSU) – Potia Campus on February 27,2018. The machine was tested onsite to ensure that it is in good condition and fully operational.

VTD is  a modern post-harvest facility used for drying corn, compared to traditional way of drying r reduces post-harvest losses and post-harvest expenses. It aims to increase farmers income and elevate the quality of corn produced.

The cost of the newly constructed facility amounts to P 7.5 M pesos and occupies a total area of 1500 sq meters. It has a corn on cob dryer and a recirculating dryer with biomas-fired furnace. The cob dryer has a capacity of 20 metric tons while the grain dryer for corn and rice has a capacity of 12 metric tons.

 “Farmers will not need to worry during the wet season since the VTD will be a great help to the farmers corn produce by preventing postharvest losses”,  said IFSU-Potia Campus Director Rodolfo L. Ildefonso.

Based on the data of the Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA), an estimated of 4.6 % is lost when drying which constitutes a total of 37% in the overall production, in one cropping season making it critical among the various post-production operations.

The construction of the VTD was in line with the Republic Act 917 which prohibits the use of roads as a solar dryer for corn. This is to prevent any possible contamination of corn cob and grains as well as to prevent road accidents, according to ILdenfonso.

He added that this facility will also serve as an educational center for IFSU students.

The said post harvesting facility is expected to cater not only corn farmers in Alfonso Lista but also the other neighboring municipalities. The awarded facility capacitates corn farmers to produce good quality corn that will eventually lead to an increase in their income. //A. Canero