Corn mill to be commercialized

A corn mill that can boost local food security can see commercialization after the completion of its pilot testing in June this year.

"This project supports the attainment of food security for communities that have lands and resources more suitable for growing white corn as their staple. Some parts in the Visayas and Mindanao also prefer milled white corn or white corn mixed with rice, called 'bugas' instead of rice, and this project will help ensure their food security," said Dr. Dionisio Alvindia, PHilMech executive [director IV].

The project "Pilot Adaptation of the PHilMech-KAMICO Designed Corn Mill for Village [Level] Operation" is part of the agency's Covid-19 response initiative but will have a long-term impact on communities that depend on milled white corn or corn grits for their staple. KAMICO is the Korea Agriculture Machinery Industry Cooperative.

PHilMech is pilot testing the PHilMech-KAMICO corn mill in four sites: two in Bukidnon; and one site each in Saranggani and Negros Occidental.

"The pilot tests will be completed by June 2023, and after that, PHilMech will push for its wider adoption and study its commercialization. So far, the project is proceeding as scheduled," Alvindia said.

Project leader engineer Donald Mateo said the corn mill, which can be easily transported, was developed by PHilMech and fabricated by KAMICO.

"It can mill 200 kilograms of corn with an output of 110 kilograms of corn grits per hour. It can separate the grits from the powder and is powered by electricity," Mateo said.

Uniform shapes of grits are mostly produced by the PHilMech-KAMICO Corn Mill, which results in improved eating qualities of the milled corn.

Mateo added that the corn mill was also designed in such a way that women can also operate it. The corn mill needs only two people to operate.
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