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DOST XI transfers durian and mangosteen processing technologies

Davao City (10 November) -- Durian and mangosteen are among the fruits popularly processed in Davao Region. Apart from jams and candies, demand for healthy and innovative goods such as juices, teas, wines, food supplement capsules, dehydrated products, and others are continually on the rise.

In effect, there is also an increasing clamor for processing technologies in the region.

Perfect timing for the abundant harvest, the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. XI (DOST XI) in partnership with DOST ? Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) conducted a 3-day hands-on trainings on Durian and Mangosteen Processing at Kor-Phil Training Center, TESDA, Tibungco, Davao City last September 21-23, 2010.

These were made possible through the expertise of the DOST-ITDI trainers, Maria Elsa M. Falco and Elmer Magora.

About 50 participants, who were mostly from Food Processors Association of Davao, th Local Government Units of Mawab, Copmval, Davao Oriental and Davao City, Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and other private firms actively joined the activities.

A few DOST personnel also joined the trainings to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Although Durian has a peculiar odor, its invigorating, refreshing richness and the exotic taste makes the fruit well known in all corners of the world. This motivates fruit processors to produce innovative products such as durian chips, sauce, spread, and jam to reach markets locally and internationally.

On the other hand, mangosteen fruit is widely known of having antioxidants that counteract the effects of free radicals in our bodies. Hence, people are craving for healthy products and supplements for their diet. This inspired processors to produce mangosteen jam, wine, vinegar, juice sauce, tea and capsules.

A lecture on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) was also given to ensure that when the participants go back to their respective processing plant, they will produce variety of tasty and safe foods for human consumption.

The undertaking was surely helpful to processors who want to venture into products that are new and healthy. Demand for healthy foods will increase as most people today are health conscious. (DOST XI) [top]

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