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DOST-9 provides P7.9 million to four agribusinesses.

Through its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Area 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) has provided PHP7.9 million in support to four agri-based companies in the region.

RGV Rice Trading, JJS Organic Agriproducts, and General Merchandise, Dong’s Animal Feeds Manufacturing, and Joshjeed Palay Seed Farming were the beneficiaries of the financial support, according to a statement released by DOST-9 on Wednesday.

RGV Rice Trading got PHP1.4 million for the purchase of an 8.5-ton capacity mechanical dryer for its rice milling plant in Diplahan, according to Jennifer Pidor, Zamboanga Sibugay Science and Technology director.

She claims the mechanical drier will enhance the firm’s product quality, boost production by at least 25%, and create more jobs in the community.

RGV Rice Trading’s owner, Ricardo Villa, stated in a statement that they would also reinforce the structure where the mechanical dryer will be placed.

JJS Organic Agriproducts and General Merchandise were awarded PHP3 million to upgrade its rice mill facility in Dumalinao, while Dong’s Animal Feeds Manufacturing was awarded PHP2.2 million to purchase mechanical dryers for its corn processing plant in Tambulig, both in Zamboanga del Sur, according to the DOST-9.

Meanwhile, the Joshjeed Palay Seed Farming in Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur, got PHP1.3 million for the purchase of rice processing equipment for its facility.

According to the DOST-9, the beneficiaries are required to enhance their efficiency via automated processes, increase product quantity and quality, offer demand and supply stability, and generate new job possibilities.

The measure, according to the agency, will also assist the agri-based industry in adapting to conflicting issues in food safety and security, climate change mitigation, and natural resource management sustainability.

The SETUP is one of the DOST’s flagship programs, providing innovation fund assistance to encourage micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to adopt technological innovations and improve business operations through a variety of technological interventions such as the acquisition of innovative and cost-effective facilities, product development, process improvement, and workforce capacity enhancement.

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