Piñol looks to Argentinian silo facility to improve local grains storage
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol has found inspiration in an Argentinian silo facility to improve corn and rice storage in the country.
In a post on his Facebook page, Piñol said the Argentinian silo bag facilities revolutionized their storage system that allow them to store grains in the open for as long as four years.
“What I saw in Argentina – the modern mobile and stationary drying facilities and the silo bags which could store grains out in the open for even up to four years – could really change things in the Philippine grains industry,” Piñol said.
Piñol visited Argentina after the APEC meeting in Peru. He said he visited the town of Lezama where a sunflower seeds processing facility was using the silo bags. An Ipesa silo bag cost $350 but it can store as much as 200 metric tons of grains for as long as four years in the open field. In Russia and the Ukraine, the bags are sturdy enough to keep the grains in perfect shape even during winter when it snows.
“I was very interested because for ages now, the Filipino rice and corn farmers have always been at the mercy of the unscrupulous traders and middlemen because of the lack of storage facilities for their produce. At peak harvest season, the middlemen and traders take advantage of the absence of drying and storage facilities and buy the farmers produce at prices the buyers dictate,” Piñol said.
The bags helped lower overhead costs because they do not require the construction of additional buildings.