Bohol Rice Processing Complex gives farmers new hope

Boholano farmers are now better placed with their farming needs. Thanks to the Bohol Rice Processing Complex (BRPC).

From hauling to drying, milling and even selling, the BRPC is doing everything in its capacity to make sure that the farmers are getting their money’s worth with their hard-earned labor.

The BRPC was established on December 10, 2012 by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) through the Department of Agriculture and the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech). It is currently being managed by the Bohol Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperation (BOFAMCO).

Romeo Tariao, Chairman of BOFAMCO said, “Na-reduce na yung volume na mabubulok lang dun sa field kasi hindi naha-haul. Ngayon, meron na tayong mga hauling trucks. Madali na dumating dito sa RPC yung kanilang produkto sa palayan.” (The amount of waste products from the field has been reduced since it could not be hauled. Now, we have trucks for hauling. It is now easier to bring the products from the field to the RPC).

Similar to other RPC’s in the country, BRPC eliminates the middleman. One farmer shared that the RPC buys their produce at a higher rate compared to the middlemen and private businessmen who buys at a much lower price.

Farmers have also expressed their gratitude towards the RPC for allowing them to loan farming supplies such as seeds, fertilizers and chemicals, without any interest, allowing farmers to maximize their earnings during every harvest season.

Bohol is just one of five provinces in the country to have this state-of-the-art facility. Among others are Aurora, Pangasinan, Iloilo and Davao Del Sur. These provinces are considered to be among the major producers of rice in the country.

BRPC has been of service to many farmers in Bohol.

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