NUEVA Ecija Gov. Aurelio M. Umali said a new onion cold storage facility worth about P40-million will soon rise in Cuyapo town.
Umali, assisted by Mayor Florida Paguio-Esteban, and other agriculture officials, led the ground-breaking ceremonies for the construction of a 20,000 bag-capacity storage facility.
The main beneficiary of the project is the Bgy. Calancuasan Sur Farmers Cooperative in Cuyapo.
According to municipal agriculturist Orlando Ramos, the town covers some 100 hectares of farmlands planted to onions.
About 500 onion farmers are expected to benefit from the soon-to-rise facility to be built by the Department of Agriculture.
DA-Bureau of Plant Industry assistant director Hermenigilda A. Gabertan said the putting up of post-harvest facilities by the national government is in line with the administration’s ultimate goal to increase food production and boost the farmers’ income.
Esteban thanked the DA for awarding the project to them under its High-Value Crops Development Program.
“Ipinaaabot ko ang aking taos-pusong pasasalamat sa lahat ng mga tumutulong at nagbibigay ng liwanag sa buhay ng mga magsasaka tulad sa mga dumadaloy na biyaya mula sa mga binhi, buto ng gulay, pataba, irigasyon, kagamitang pangsaka, technical assistance, at mga kailangang pagsasanay,” the mayor said.
Umali expressed his gratitude to the national government and the DA for always showing care and compassion to the Novo Ecijano farmers.