|Ms.Villaluz and Mr. Hermida of DOST-ITDI demonstrating|
the preparation ofpineapple in syrup
The two-day training was held in Brgy. Canloterio, Maydolong with participants who are pineapple farmers from the barangay and three (3) other pineapple producing barangays in the municipality, namely: Brgy. Guindalitan, Brgy. San Gabriel and Brgy. Lapgap. Every year, these farmers faced significant wastage of harvest mainly because of rejects due to stunted growth, natural deformation, and pest attacks. And with the huge pineapple production, these farmers oftentimes find it difficult to market all of its products in the province alone, forcing them to lower its selling price and yet return home with overriped pineapples.With experts Ms. Charito Villaluz and Mr. Rolando Hermida from the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI), the farmers were taught on how to make pineapples in syrup, pineapple juice, pineapple puree, pineapple vinegar, and wine. The training, which includes lectures and hands-on demonstration on pineapple processing, also provided the participants with knowledge on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), a must for food processing business.
|MayorHenry Afable gracing the closing program of the training|
The DTI provided the basic equipment and utensils for pineapple processing while the DAR identified and formally organized the pineapple growers, most of whom are Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs). LGU-Maydolong, on the other hand, sponsored the food for all the participants and the food and accommodation of the experts. The plane fares of the experts were funded under the DOST-Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).
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Prepared by: ARNALDO T. AMOSCO JR. Provincial S&T Director