BUCAF secures P4.9M for Postharvest Facility Upgrading project

Monday January 17,2022

A total of P4,940,020.00 has been awarded to Bicol University College of Agriculture (BUCAF) for the project on “Upgrading of the Postharvest Facility of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department of BUCAF.” The financial and technical assistance had been worked out through the Institutional Development Division (IDD) of the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST – PCAARRD).

According to BUCAF-DABE, the Postharvest Facility was established in the early 80’s to conduct research and development of students during its prime years. But in the recent years, the facility was always flooded and took a bigger hit during the super typhoons that destroyed the Bicol Region.

Thus, the project is set to repair and upgrade the BUCAF Postharvest Facility to revive its operation supportive to the ongoing Project 7 of the Pili NICER Program which is into the retrofitting of pili postharvest machineries. It is one of the projects under the Pili NICER Program being funded by the Department of Science and Technology under its Science for Change Program (S4CP).

“The facility will be used in the conduct of the Pili NICER project wherein the project proponents would like to continue the implementation and make sure that the outcome of the research will be used by the community.” BUCAF-DABE furthered.

The upgrading project is set to make the BUCAF Postharvest Facility operational, modern, presentable, and safe from flooding and typhoons. It will also acquire various office and postharvest research apparatus and equipment for pili post-harvest processing.

The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (DABE), headed by Engr. Christopher O. Pacardo, has started the project in coordination with the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD). Improvement of the BUCAF Postharvest Facility is one of the projects endorsed by Director Marissa Estrella of BCAARRD and approved for implementation by the DOST-PCAARRD for 2021.  The project started last July 1, 2021 and will end on June 30 2022. (Julianne Nicolle G. Moral, SRA/BCAARRD)