Last week, the Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas inaugurated the P20-million (€340,000) cold storage project in the municipality of Miagao, Iloilo that will benefit onion growers in the region.
DA regional executive director Remelyn Recoter stated the facility will provide onion growers opportunities to develop the onion industry not only in Miagao and Iloilo province, but also in Region 6: "The DA has granted many projects to Miagao onion growers such as the Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) financial support for onion production. One of the significant projects provided is the onion cold storage, which is the first in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.”
The cold storage project is situated in Kirayan Tacas, Miagao. It seeks to increase the price of bulb onions in lean months while maintaining the supply in the local market and encourage more growers to engage in onion farming.
Meanwhile, Miagao mayor Macario Napulan said the completion of the storage facility is ‘a dream that has turned into reality’, and could address concerns of onion growers who would sell their produce at a much lower price during harvest season. He said they would sell their produce at a much lower price because they could not strive against the influx of imported and other locally produced onions in the market.