Lagawe peddlers venture on squash processing
by Vency D. Bulayungan
Lagawe, Ifugao (6 June) -- The Lagawe Food Processors Organization here underwent a four day squash by-products skills training.
With 26 members, the organization selected squash since this is typically grown here and the neighboring municipalities of Asipulo, Hingyon and Kiangan, and considering the excellent nutritional benefits of squash to all age groups. Some members have squash plantations and the rest were encouraged to plant.
A perishable product, the squash must be sold out or disposed after harvest to avoid from being rotten. Thus, the endeavor into squash processing.
Most of the members have been cooking, processing and selling food items for a long time. Some do street and house vending, consignment to food outlets and a few have stalls and do catering services.
With the advocacy on enterprise development of the Provincial Local Government Unit here, the members realized to unite and organize themselves for a common purpose of having a well established food processing enterprise.
Irene Calingayan, the organization president, said that the endeavor will increase the income of the food processors since they will be producing various squash by- products such as cookies, macaroons, ukoy, maja, haleya, cricket and rolls.
This is a joint project of the Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Provincial Agriculture Office and the Provincial Governor's Office thru the Haggiyo Enterprise Development Program (HEDP).
In order to develop a crude sugar (muscovado) and generation of employment, the Ayangan Sponsored Families Development Association (ASFADEVA) established a crude sugar production at Barangay Luta here to benefit 178 sponsored indigent families. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]