The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) has officially launched its fully constructed P100-M Smart Greenhouse inside the Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex (NMACLRC) in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon last Friday, April 1, 2022. The state of the art agricultural project was funded through a grant by the South Korean government through its Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA).

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The Smart Greenhouse Technology for innovative production of strawberry, cherry tomato and white potato.

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Mr. Jong-Soon Lee, President of Korean Agency of Education Promotion and Information Service (EPIS) in Food, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries said the Smart Greenhouse has been established based on Korean Smart Greenhouse Technology after customizing the Philippine climate and various conditions.

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Meanwhile, DA Undersecretary for High Value Crops and Rural Credit, Evelyn Laviṅa said that with the technology shared by the Korean government, it is high time to look into the modernization of the country’s agriculture. She furthered escalating local production of high-value crops is highly potential with the use of the technology, particularly by enhancing production competitiveness of small and mid-sized farmers.

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The Smart Greenhouse Project was subdivided into four components namely, the establishment of Smart Farm composed of 11 fully-automated Smart Greenhouses and 1 cold storage facility, development of a local distribution system, dispatch of experts, and capacity building for potential technology adopters.

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The project is being co-implemented by the DA-RFO 10, EPIS in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries with its three consortia: the Hangkyong National University (capacity building), Shinhan Globe (system), and Shinhan A-Tec (farm establishment).

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Through the project, DA-RFO 10 primarily aimed to increase the production of quality strawberry, cherry tomato, and white potato as the next trademark products of Northern Mindanao.

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In his message, DA-RFO 10 Regional Executive Director, Carlene C. Collado assured the Korean partners of the agency’s interest and commitment to the Smart Greenhouse Project.

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Aside from being a research and training center, DA-RFO 10 is planning to open the Smart Greenhouse to the public as agri-tourism destination in the region.

with text, photos by DA RFO10

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