DA-6 to start School on the Air on Flatbed Dryer in WV

November 11, 2009 11:27 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Nov. 12 -– The Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Unit 6 will conduct the very first School on the Air (SOA) on flatbed dryer for farmers in Western Visayas.

This project is spearheaded by the DA 6 Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (RAFID), and lesson modules are provided by the Bureau of Postharvest Research and Extension (BPRE), an attached agency of the DA.

The SOA on flatbed drying technology will begin on airing on a local radio station by November 15 from 4 to 4:30 a.m. daily. It will be hosted by Juvy S. Gaton, and will have experts from BPRE and flatbed dryer experts from the DA.

Topics include different methods of drying, milling and grain storage as well as the latest technology on how to minimize grain rice losses with the use the flatbed dryer.

Ceasar Balajadia, BPRE coordinator, said the SOA on flatbed dryer is a must for farmers in Western Visayas. He added that flatbed dryers are being installed in various towns and farm areas in the country. It aims is to help farmers dry their grains faster, especially during wet and stormy seasons.

Only the first 300 farmers to pass and fill-out the enrollment forms are eligible to graduate by end of December this year. Non-students can participate by listening to the programs and take note of the topics for their personal study. Enrollment forms are available at the Regional Agriculture Engineering Group, RAFID at DA Regional Office in Parola, Iloilo, as well as in the National Irrigation Authority office in the region.

In an interview, DA 6 Regional Executive Director Larry P. Nacionales highlighted the effectiveness of flatbed dryers in increasing the volume of quality rice grains. He added that flatbed dryer is one of the projects under the GMA-Rice Program.

The WV region is the currently the second highest rice producer in the country, and with the use of flatbed dryers among farmer cooperatives and individuals, rice production will definitely increase. (PNA)

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