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A new cold storage facility for onions will be built in Nueva Ecija.

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In the province of Nueva Ecija, a new cold storage facility for onions will be built so that growers can utilize it to extend the shelf life of their produce.

On Thursday, a groundbreaking ceremony for a facility in Barangay San Vicente, Laur town, that can store up to 20,000 bags of onions was conducted by agricultural and local officials.

The High-Value Crop Development Program of the Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with the provincial government of Nueva Ecija, is responsible for the initiative that will benefit the San Vicente Alintutuan Irrigators Association members.

Last week, a second cold storage facility for onions was inaugurated in the province. Members of the Calancuasan Sur Farmers Association will profit from the first one, which is in Cuyapo town.

The creation of the onion cold storage, according to Bernie Valdez, chief of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, is in response to the farmers’ request, who are frequently compelled to sell their produce even at a low price due to a lack of post-harvest facilities.

“Alam naman natin that ang isyu sa sibuyas ay maraming cold storage ang mai-put up sa lalawigan para yun mga farmers ay may pagdadalhan ng kanilang mga ani,” the speaker continued. In Nueva Ecija, there are many cold storage facilities, and they are all kulang na kulang around noon, and they all have a lot of people working in them. And the pamahalang panlalawigan is not sufficient to support the various Department of Agriculture programs. (We are aware that the province needs more cold storage facilities for farmers to bring their produce. And it was one of the previous complaints made by the farmers, who said that Nueva Ecija lacked cold storage despite the fact that the province was experiencing a large harvest of onions. And the provincial government continues to support this department of agriculture program, according to Valdez, who spoke on the radio.

In order to reduce post-harvest losses, Crispulo Bautista Jr., Executive Director of the DA-Central Luzon Region, earlier promised that his organization will keep constructing onion cold storage facilities.

Onions’ shelf life can be extended by up to seven months when kept in cold storage, which also keeps harvests from decomposing too soon.

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