Located at the Bureau of Plant Industry compound along Guisad Valley, the Smart Greenhouse Philippines Project has a total cost of P122.29M with 70 percent share from the Government of Korea through KOICA and 30% from Korean private companies Info Valley Korea Co. Ltd and Shinhan A – Tec Co. Ltd.
The smart farming facility with Korean advanced technology has eight greenhouses that will also be used for farmers’ education and training and one greenhouse for research and development.
Initially, there are four farmer groups from Benguet who are involved in the project and three ready buyers for the facility’s production. It is estimated that production will be at least one ton of Korean tomato variety per week.
DA officials headed by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, KOICA Philippines Deputy Country Director Lee Sangback, EPIS Vice President Park Kyungah and Benguet Governor Cresencio Pacalso led the project launching.
Piñol said that the project is part of DA’s effort to modernize agriculture towards improving the country’s food production, and at the same time help the people in the agriculture sector to earn more.
“The role of the Department of Agriculture is to produce food for the country and at the same time ensure that food producers are also lifted from poverty”, Piñol said.
This is the first project of its kind in the country, Piñol said as he disclosed that he has asked the help of the South Korean government to help replicate the project and establish more smart farming facilities in other parts of the country.
Pacalso expressed the province’s gratitude to DA and their Korean partners for the project and assured their full support for the success and achievement of the project’s goal.
‘In behalf of all the stakeholders that are set to benefit from the project – the local government units, the farmers and the people, we assure our full support for the success of this project,’ Pacalso stressed. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar