The Department of Science and Technology – IX (DOST-IX) recently approved the provision of financial and technical assistance amounting a total of P676,000 to JAM JC Marketing in Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur for the upgrading of its palay drying process.
The project is funded under the Small Enterprise Technology and Upgrading Program (SETUP) of DOST which will primarily cover the fabrication of one unit of 6 tons capacity mechanical rice dryer.
This technology is capable of shorter drying period, higher output, and more efficient production process. The dryer will be utilizing the rice hull as its fuel making way for cost-effective, environment-friendly, and more sustainable operation.
Also, the DOST-IX will conduct process and system improvement sessions to further enhance the competency of the firm and its workforce.
The firm presently operates a total of 26 hectares rice plantation with the local farmers cultivating the area. Aside from managing the farm, the firm also caters to other farmers and small palay buyers on drying and milling services. The current practice of the firm is open solar drying. Its use of the mechanical rice dryer will definitely hasten the drying process for palay thereby enabling the firm to increase productivity, reduce rejects of raw materials, increase income and generate at least two additional employment opportunities for the local.
SETUP is a nationwide strategy to encourage and assist micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in implementing technological innovations and improvements in their operations to boost their productivity and competitiveness which focuses on six (6) priority sectors: 1. Food Processing; 2. Furniture; 3. Gifts, Decors & Handicrafts; 4. Marine and Aquatic Resources; 5. Horticulture (Cut flowers, fruits, high value crops); and 6. Metals and Engineering.
For more information, interested parties may visit or call DOST-Regional Office IX, Pettit Barracks, Zamboanga City with telephone numbers (062) 991-1024; the Provincial S&T Center (PSTC) in Upper Turno, Dipolog City, telephone numbers (065) 212-2244; Provincial S&T Center (PSTC) in Rizal Avenue, Pagadian City with telephone number (062) 925-1152; and the Provincial S&T Center (PSTC) at 2/F Faundo Bldg., National Highway, Poblacion, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay with telephone numbers (062) 333-2793 . (DOST-IX Press Release)