The municipal government of El Nido is set to procure a new corn mill facility for use of its local farmers.
Virginia Balderas, the town’s municipal agriculturist, told Palawan News the P500,000 mill facility will be installed at Lio Farm to complement their existing corn mills.
El Nido currently has two corn mills, one acquired by the municipality and another donated by the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The municipality has also allocated P500,000 for the construction of the building and a warehouse to support the milling facility.
Balderas added they have three tractors that charge lower rentals to farmers, at a maximum of P2,000 per hectare compared to P7,000 in other towns.
“Ganyan kababa ang ating rate kasi tulong lang kasi natin yan sa mga farmers,” she said.
Balderas said the availability of corn mills will provide swine raisers access to lower-priced grits for feeds, as their alternative to commercial feeds.
Leonardo Enriquez, agricultural program coordinating officer (APCO) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) regional field unit, said the commercial feeds in Palawan have higher prices because of the absence of feed mills in the province.
“Mas maganda kung magkaroon dito sa Palawan ng feed mill, meron naman tayong available materials dito. Kung merong mga corn mill din, kahit papaano ay natutulungan ang ating mga farmers para sa kanilang mga feeds,” he said.