P70.2M Korean-funded Smart Greenhouses to rise in Malaybalay
Eleven Korean-funded Smart Greenhouses will be constructed in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon in the next few months.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the establishment of the Korean smart greenhouses was recently held at the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC) in Brgy. Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.
In a press release, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO-10) said that the Korean-funded project is worth P70,253,318.
DA 10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) of Korea through the Korea Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS) led the groundbreaking ceremony.
The project is seen to help local farmers in producing high-value crops such as tomato, strawberry, pepper, and potato using smart farming technologies.
This marks the third project in our region coming from the Korean government; the first two projects are situated in Misamis Oriental.
Jong Dae Park, Greenfarm’s chief executive officer and one of the Korean experts, conveyed their appreciation to DA for putting forth great efforts for the development of the agriculture sector in the country.
“We are honored to be part of this project for the establishment of sustainable smart agriculture using appropriate technology in your country. This project will develop high-tech agriculture [technology] in both Korea and the Philippines and will also play an important role in the prosperity and friendship of the two countries. Our Korean engineers will do their best in constructing the smart greenhouse and your ongoing interest and cooperation will help us ensure that this project will be a success.”
Together with Mr. Park are Jong Man Park and Kim Yang Wu, both Green farm smart farm technical directors, and Yeon Sang In, an engineer from Chungnam Specialized Crop Development Association. (Report by BukidnonOnline.com special correspondent Mel B. Madera)