Saturday, October 28, 2017

DAR conducts training on ‘salabat’ production

RESOURCE persons from the Benguet State University give hands-on demonstrations and lectures on ginger processing to the members of Saguigui Multipurpose Cooperative in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. (Jopo Guerrero)

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently conducted a training on ginger processing for the members of the Saguigui Multipurpose Cooperative in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.
Provincial agrarian reform program officer (PARPO) II Vic M. Ines said the Saguigui MPC has the largest production of ginger among the local producers in the province, hence the officers thought of ginger tea or salabat production as their value-addition enterprise.
“Food processing also helps farmers manage their yields and get better returns since processed foods fetch comparatively higher rates than the raw produce itself,” said Ines.
Resource persons from the Benguet State University gave hands-on demonstrations and lectures on basic production skills, packaging, labeling, product pricing and costing.
The said training is a part of DAR’s program thrust to improve agricultural productivity and livelihood for the agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations.
“We must continue to implement income generating projects that the members of the marginalized sectors can engage into aside from agricultural endeavors,” Ines added.
The Saguigui MPC is a part of the agrarian reform community in Pagudpud. It has a total membership of 120 with 70 agrarian reform beneficiaries. All the members are farmers engaged in the production of ginger, palay, coconut and banana.


BARD NOTES: Happy bard-reading to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos, Laoag City mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas, Laoag City vice mayor Michael V. Fariñas, Ilocos Norte provincial treasurer Josephine P. Calajate, INWD general manager John Teodoro, Dr. Miramar Bumanglag, DAR-Ilocos Norte PARPO II Vic M. Ines, DAR-Ilocos Norte CAO Rudy Acacio and PNB Laoag branch manager Metty V. Guerrero.
Greetings also to the employees of AMA Laoag, Laoag City PNP, DAR Ilocos Norte, DepEd Laoag, DepEd Ilocos Norte, PNB Laoag and to the residents of Barangay 6, San Agustin, Laoag City.

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