DAR names 5 ARB banner processed products
Davao City (6 August) -- Pineapple jam, cacao-chocolate rounds, banana flour, unrefined cane sugar and native bag were named as the banner processed products of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Region
These processed foods come from Davao City, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte and Davao del Sur; respectively while the bayong, which falls on the non-food category comes from Compostela Valley province.
Developing processed products through the marketing assistance program is part of the support services delivery of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
Regional Director Datu Yusoph B. Mama said that these were made possible in coordination with other national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs) and private institutions.
He said trainings such as food processing, product labeling, good manufacturing practices and other related instructions were conducted for the ARBs to acquire skills on how to process and prepare the raw materials which are abundantly available in their locality. Financial assistance was also extended to augment the initial capital of the participating cooperatives.
He bared that this undertaking has addressed the growing concern of oversupply on some fresh produce such as pineapple, durian, banana and other crops. Processing, on the other hand, put a premium on the product.
Citing the government's effort of encouraging the use of indigenous products, Ms. Aurora Canezal, chief of the Support Services Division said that the "bayong" of ComVal is an environment-friendly item made from the stalks of the oil palm which are usually left to rot in oil palm plantations.
Moreover, she said these products were already showcased in local and national trade fairs to link their products to potential markets. She likewise encouraged the ARBs to get product certification from the Bureau of Food and Drug to enhance consumers' acceptance to these products. (Information Unit, DAR XI/PIA XI) [top]