Sunday, April 29, 2018

DAR conducts training on ‘atsara’-making

The Department of Agrarian Reform – Ilocos Norte, in partnership with the Mariano Marcos State University – College of Industrial Technology, held a basic skills training on “atsara” making for the members of the Paninaan Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Bacarra. (Photo courtesy of Rommel R. Aquino)

The Department of Agrarian Reform-Ilocos Norte, in partnership with the Mariano Marcos State University-College of Industrial Technology (MMSU-CIT), conducted on March 15-16 a basic skills training on papaya pickles or “atsara” processing for the members of the Paninaan Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

Paninaan MPC is located at the Panata agrarian reform community in Bacarra. It has a total membership of 112 with 75 agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Agrarian reform program officer (ARPO) II Reynalda A. Quiamas said majority of the members are farmers engaged in agricultural production with rice as their major crop, and corn, garlic and papaya as their secondary crops.

“Considering the availability of raw materials in the locality and the health benefits derived from papaya, the cooperative thought of a value-adding enterprise that will sustain their operations,” said Mr. Quiamas.

Ms. Fairie Anne Domingo of MMSU-CIT held a hands-on lecture on processing, packaging and labeling for the members of the cooperative. While, speakers from the Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) of DAR-Ilocos Norte gave tips on product pricing and costing.

The said activity is a product development project under the agrarian reform beneficiaries development and sustainability program of DAR.

BARD NOTES: Happy bard-reading to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos, Laoag City Mayor Chevylle V. Farinas, Laoag City Vice Mayor Michael V. Farinas, Badoc ABC President Virgilio Calajate, Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer Josephine P. Calajate, 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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