A PHP190-million (€3.2 mln) cold storage facility that will benefit onion farmers in Nueva Ecija is nearing completion. The facility will probably be operational before the end of the year.
On Tuesday, Rural Infrastructure Engineer Bon Alexis Guatato, of the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP), said the construction of the storage facility will be finished before the target completion despite the quarantine restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
At present, Guatato said the project is 91 percent complete, adding that pre-testing of technologies and systems of the facility will be done in the third or fourth week of October prior to its turnover in November this year. Guatato said the cold storage will serve as a collection center where onions harvested from surrounding farms are to be sorted and packed in crates or bags by farmers.
As explained on pageone.ph¸ the cold storage is primarily intended to prolong the shelf life of onions up to seven months and will prevent crops from rotting early and restrain insects from infesting goods.