P70.25M Korean-funded smart greenhouse to rise in Bukidnon
By : Mindanao Today/01:30:55pm 08/22/2021
Department of Agriculture-10 officials headed by Carlene Collado, DA-10 regional executive director, and experts from the Korean Agency for Education, Promotion and Information Services in Food, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, join the groundbreaking of an area where a smart greenhouse facility will be built in Barangay Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on Aug. 19. (DA-10)
MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – A new facility that would greatly help farmers in Bukidnon will soon rise in the province, the Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10) said.
Carlene Collado, DA-10 regional executive director, with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) of Korea through the Korea Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS) led on Thursday, August 19, 2021 the groundbreaking ceremony for the establishment of smart greenhouse at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC) in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City.
The 11 units smart greenhouses have a total project cost of P70.253 million and is seen to help local farmers in producing high value crops such as tomato, strawberry, pepper and potato using smart farming technologies.
Carlota Madriaga, DA-10 regional technical director for operations, said the project strengthens the partnership and friendship of the Philippine and Korean governments.
“This is a significant day because this marks the third project that we have received here in our region coming from the Korean government; the first two projects are situated in Misamis Oriental. We are thankful that we are given this project to support our farmers here in Bukidnon and the whole of Northern Mindanao,” Madriaga said.
In his message, Collado expressed his gratitude towards the Korean dignitaries for the agricultural assistance they have granted the region amidst the ongoing pandemic.
“You have gone extra mile in providing assistance and expertise in building this project. In return, we will also extend our assistance with whatever you need, especially in the implementation of the project in order to make it a success,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jong Dae Park, Greenfarm chief executive officer and one of the Korean experts, conveyed their appreciation to DA for putting forth great efforts for the development of agriculture sector in the country.
“We are honored to be part of this project for the establishment of sustainable smart agriculture using appropriate technology in your country. This project will develop high-tech agriculture [technology] in both Korea and the Philippines and will also play an important role in the prosperity and friendship of the two countries. Our Korean engineers will do their best in constructing the smart greenhouse and your ongoing interest and cooperation will help us ensure that this project will be a success,” Park said.
Together with Park is Jong Man Park and Kim Yang Wu, both Greenfarm smart farm technical directors, and Yeon Sang In, an engineer from Chungnam Specialized Crop Development Association.
Said event was also graced by Jacqueline Lagamon, assistant provincial agriculturist of Bukidnon, DA-10 officials and staff, and farmers from the province who will soon benefit from the Project. (CRSeraspe | DA-10 | MT)