Mass production of vegetable flour pushed
Iloilo City (7 August) -- The government is pushing for the mass production of flour made from vegetables to reduce the country's dependence on imported and costly wheat flour.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for the immediate procurement of equipment needed for the mass production of flour made from vegetable during the recent Cabinet meeting according to a Malacanang report.
Presidential Management Staff Chief Secretary Cerge Remonde said flour from cassava, squash, other vegetables and crops would augment the supply of flour in the market.
It was noted that commercial bakers have already raised the prices of their products such as "pan de sal" and loaf bread due to the high cost of imported wheat flour.
Remonde said to further prevent price increases, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will hold continuing dialogues with bakers and flour millers.
Also, expected to be discussed during these dialogues is the group's support to the Tinapay ng Bayan program of the government that aims to sell cheaper bread and pan de sal, a popular breakfast among ordinary Filipinos. The said program is a joint initiative of the Philippine Flourmillers Association, Inc., the Chamber of Philippine Flourmillers and the Department of Agriculture.
According to the DTI the mass production of vegetable flour will definitely boost the farmers' income, provide an alternative market for local vegetables, and lower prices due to lesser dependence on imported and costly wheat flour. (PIA) [top]