South Bukidnon- The PPMO South Bukidnon, headed by PARPO II and provincial Project Director Engr. Norberto R. Paquingan, DM officially broke ground on the construction of the building of the Muscovado Plant last June 19, 2019 at Don Carlos, Bukidnon.

The facility amounting to P5.17-million is set to be erected within the Maraymaray Sugarcane Plantation, in front of the Bukidnon Farmers CARP Beneficiaries Multipurpose Cooperative (BUKIFCARB MPC) Office, Purok 1-C, Barangay Maraymaray, Don Carlos.

“We have ensured that the plant will meet the required quality standards”, said PARPO II Norberto Paquingan.

The muscovado processing plant will include the milling house, boiling house, and bagasse house.

The milling house is the site of delivery of fresh raw material and juice extraction, which is the first stage of processing. The boiling house will store the installed juice transfer, cooking vat and tanks, and filtration system of the sugarcane juice. The bagasse house will stock the fibrous residue that remains after milling. The solid material can be used as biofuel for the production of heat in the boiling house.

The plant will have capabilities to process muscovado sugar from raw sugarcane harvested from the farms of BUKIFCARB MPC, BFI Employees Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (BEARCO) and Maraymaray Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (MARBC) located within the vast plantation.

The gate of the plant opens to the newly constructed Farm to Market Road (FMR) that will provide easy transport of raw materials to the plant, and mobility of products to the market.

“All of these are in support to the farmers engaged in the muscovado enterprise in South Bukidnon”, Paquingan added.

Also present during the ceremony were Engr. Felipe Pachoco  of the Department of Science and Technology, Chairperson Anita Dela Cruz of MARBC, Chairperson Zosimo Soroysoroy  of the BUKIFCARB, and representatives from the Local Government Unit.

“This project sparks hope for me and the many farmers in our organization”, said Anita Dela Cruz of MARBC.

This project is implemented by Project Convergence of Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (Project ConVERGE) of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and co-funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

By: Raoul Noval, Jr.