For the second time, the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) will lead the Philippine Grains Postproduction Consortium (PGPC), the association of primary institutions engaged in grains postproduction research, development and extension (RDE&E), effective from the middle of this year.
The leadership has been officially turned over to PhilMech Director Rex Bingabing by the National Agriculture and Fishery Council (NAFC) Director Ariel Cayanan.
PhilMech took its first leadership in the consortium from 1999 to 2001, when the agency was still known as the Bureau of Postharvest Research and Extension.
The member-agencies of PGPC include the International Rice Research Institute, Philippine Rice Research Institute, National Food Authority, University of the Philippines in Los Baños, NAFC and PhilMech.
The PGPC is mandated to identify, coordinate and pursue priority areas of collaboration among its member institutions, in the area of research, and development and extension to enhance the development of the rice and other grains postproduction industry in the Philippines.
The consortium conducts technology development, basic and applied researches, seminars, workshops and trainings, policy recommendations and grains postproduction conferences.
The development of a six-ton batch recirculating dryer was one of the accomplishments of the consortium. At present, the dryer is undergoing a field-testing operation in Isabela.