CAMIGUIN, April 5 (PIA) — A new cold storage facility will soon rise in Catarman town, following the forging of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the acquisition of a Liquid Quick Freezer (LQF).
Mayor Nestor A. Jacot, together with a representative from the National Business Corporation (NABCOR) inked the contract last month.
NABCOR, a government corporation, is a partner of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the development of agribusiness on the countryside, more specifically, in the establishment of semi-processing and cold storage facilities such as this.
The project is under the national cold chain program of the government, aimed at increasing small farmers and fisher folks (SFF) income, as well as, in meeting the market demand for a year-round supply of commodities by extending the shelf life of agriculture and fishery products.
The LQF has a capacity to produce three tons of ice daily and its processing takes about two hours, done in batches of 16 blocks of ice, weighing around eight kilos each.
Municipal Agriculturist Teodora Gadgude says the project will be of great help to the local fisherfolks, whose volume of catch are mostly pelagic fishic, like tuna.
The machine, according to Gadgude, can also extend the shelf life of meat and vegetables packed in a vacuum sealed plastic.
“This facility will directly benefit farmers and fisherfolks federation in Catarman, as well as, the consumers,” she added.
The LQF is a commitment of the Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala during his recent visit in the province.
The local government unit for its part has already identified a perfect site and building for the facility, which was also inspected by NABCOR.
Under the MOA, the DA will donate the LQF, complete with accessories, while the recipient on the other hand will provide for the facility or warehouse that is also compliant to the needed electrical and safety requirements. (PIA)