The participants came from Ocampo, Minalabac, Naga City, Calabanga, Lupi and Pili Camarines Sur. Resource persons discussed the advantages of selling corn on cob and about the existing postharvest facilities in corn cluster areas.

 

Engr. Andres Tuates Jr. Science Research Specialist, Philippine Center for Post Harvest Development & Mechanization (PhilMech) explained the Corn Mechanization Overview particularly the status on Corn Mechanization. He mentioned that the Philippines has one of the lowest mechanization level and there is a need to disseminate information on the benefits of having appropriate drying facilities. He said that facilities such as Village type corn dryer can produce quality products and prices can be competitive.

Leah Beltran, Municipal Agriculturist, Tigaon Cam Sur, shared that the Corn Post Harvest Processing and Trading Center (CPHPTC) in their municipality has already taken a big leap benefiting corn farmers in their area and nearby municipalities. She encouraged farmers to patronize postharvest facilities given by the government. ”Although we incurred P1.2 million in administrative & production cost during peak season, with proper maintenance and preventive measures, the said facility continue to give sufficient income to local corn farmers in our municipality” she said. (B. Nunez)