DOST’s skills training provides livelihood to peanut farmers

STA. LUCIA, Ilocos Sur, Jan. 8 (PIA) - Some peanut farmers in Conconig East village here are now engaging in a different kind of venture through the skills training provided by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 1 via its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Ilocos Sur.

From growing peanuts alone, members of the Conconig East Farmers Association (CEFA) have started to engage in peanut processing which has been providing an additional source of income for their families.

DOST-Ilocos Sur, headed by Provincial Director Ramon Sumabat, recently conducted a livelihood training on peanut processing that have served as the stepping stone for the CEFA to start their livelihood in the community.

Mrs. Chona F. Haduca, president of the CEFA, expressed her gratitude to the DOST in bringing the training and consultancy services to their association.

Dahil sa DOST, nakapagsimula ang aming organisasyon ng pangkabuhayan,” she said.

Basics of peanut processing, proper usage of tools and equipment needed, as well as the ingredients were discussed followed by the actual demonstrations.

Processing of various peanut products such as peanut adobo with anchovy, peanut polvoron, peanut brittle, and peanut butter were also tackled. 

The participants also learned about the basic operational and environmental conditions required to produce safe food as Sumabat lectured on Good Manufacturing Practices.

“The services given by the DOST have been instrumental in working their association, starting a business that will benefit the members not just in terms of income generation but more importantly, in social capital formation -  uplifting the neighborhood’s relationship and group participation of their association,” said Sumabat.

Peanut is one of the CEFA’s main crops produced, which is also the municipality’s One-Town-One-Product or OTOP.

Haduca added, “Nagsimula na po kaming mag-market ng aming produkto na peanut adobo with anchovies at peanut polvoron, most especially sa peanut adobo with anchovies, na nakapaglabas kami ng as many as 300 packs.”

The conduct of the said training is one of the DOST’s responses as a functioning member of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) to help end insurgency in the area as barangay Conconig East is one of the ELCAC-affected barangays in the province.

In connection to this, during the Laging Handa Network Briefing aired Monday, OPAV Assistant Secretary Anthony Gerard Gonzales highlighted the efforts of DOST-Leyte in producing another product from ginger and the development of coco vinegar in the area.

“DOST gave funds for a candy-making machine for a locally-produced ginger candy to serve as alternative to imported brands as DOST-Leyte and the local government unit of Javier, Leyte hope to promote the soothing effect of ginger candy product nationwide through the more than 700 Andok’s branches; the first community-based project with the Javier LGU was salabat processing, now branded as Javier Salabat with packaging designed by the Packaging Technology Division of DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute, and is now available through all Andok’s outlets nationwide,” OPAV Asec. Gonzales said.

“Another DOST project is the accelerated coco vinegar production project with the Bung-aw Women Association of Hilongos, Leyte, which will fast track the production time to a daily harvest after 15 days of gestation period without the use of synthetic chemicals, instead, it harnesses the science behind the fermentation process by using a mechanical solution,” he added. (JCR/AMB/JMCQ/PIA Ilocos Sur)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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