DOST awards drying facility to Vigan farmers

VIGAN CITY,  Ilocos Sur-- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Ilocos awarded six sets of portable solar dryers (portasol) to the City Agriculture and Fisheries Council (CAFC) of Vigan recently.

These portable solar dryers were requested by Vigan City Mayor Juan Carlo Medina to DOST to help the farmers in drying grain products faster and cleaner.

Mayor Medina encouraged the farmer-beneficiaries to adopt the portasol technology, emphasizing its advantages over the old and hazardous practice of drying along the highways.

In response, CAFC chairperson Maximo Rabanal expressed the group’s gratitude to the city government of Vigan for their unending support to farmers and the DOST for providing efficient technologies.

Ramon Sumabat, provincial science and technology director of DOST-Ilocos Sur, said that the portasol dryers are not only for rice and corn but can also be used for high value crops like coffee beans and hot peppers.

Meanwhile, Dr. Armando Ganal, regional director of DOST in the Ilocos, said that Vigan City is the first to be granted with the portasol technology in Ilocos Sur.

According to DOST-Ilocos Sur information officer Donnabhel Ann Flores, the portasol aims to totally eradicate the country’s annual postharvest losses of about P15 billion.

She added that the drying facility is a patented and copyrighted invention by Filipino inventor Francisco “Ka Popoy” Pagayon.