GUIMBA, Nueva Ecija – The provincial government of Nueva Ecija is now nearing the completion of a new and modern rice mill complex in preparation for its “palay-buying” program for local farmers for the incoming dry season harvest next year.
This was confirmed by Gladys Montecalvo, chief of the NEPG-Rice Mill facility at a two-hectare site in Barangay Culong here.
Montecalvo said the facility is now 90% completed, including four storage warehouses to be used for dried and ready-to-mill palay.
She said the Nueva Ecija provincial food council, which was created by Governor Aurelio M. Umali, will be able to procure newly-harvested palay at a higher price from local farmers and will use the facility when it resumes its palay-procurement program next year in time for the dry season harvest.
The rice mill facility has the capacity to mill 1,500 metric tons per day and has a storage capacity of 25,000 to 30,000 cavans of palay, Montecalvo added.
It is also equipped with solar and mechanical dryers for local farmers’ use, including a truck scale.