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PGMA to inaugurate corn trading center

Bayugan City - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will visit this province tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 5) to inaugurate the newly constructed Corn Post Harvest Processing Trading Center (CPHPTC) in this city.

Built by the local government unit of Agusan del Sur and the Department of Agriculture, through the National Agribusiness Corp. (NABCOR), the CPHPTC began construction in October last year.

The first of its kind in the Caraga Region, the CPHPTC will benefit farmers by increasing their productivity while lowering production cost, resulting in increased profit. It will thus contribute to the economic development of the whole province.

Aside from offering short courses in proper planting, milling and selling of corn, the CPHPTC will also provide warehouse facilities, truck scaling, cob drying, shelling and grain drying operations to farmer beneficiaries.

Through a simplified buying and selling process, the center acquires wet ear corn from farmers, in effect removing the cost of drying and shelling from the farmers and thereby increasing their profit. They are paid half of the prevailing price of dry grain.

Joining the President for the inaugural activities will be Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap and local government officials led by Agusan del Sur Governor Maria Valentina G. Plaza.

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