Adding value to cassava

SOME 20 members of women from Titay actively participated in the hands-on Cassava Processing and Utilization Training recently conducted at ZAMPIARC, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Demonstrated recipes were Hotdog roll, Cassava Cake, Cassava fries, Cassava cheese sticks, Cassava chips, Cassava egg balls and Cassava polvoron. These are healthy snacks that are easy to prepare at the same time income generating for cassava farmers as they add value to their produce through various food preparation.

Resource persons were Evelyn del Mar, Regional RIC Coordinator and Delia Rodriguez, both from  the Department of Agriculture ( DA) and trained in Visayas State University  through PhilRoot Crops.

During the opening program, Regional Corn Program Coordinator, Felizardo Salomes emphasized the importance of cassava being an important commodity especially in Muslim communities where it is a staple aside from rice and corn.

“Cassava, a commodity under the corn program is also identified as part of the Food Staple Sufficiency Program (FSSP).  Adding value on it through preparation of various snack foods will generate additional income for our farmers,” Salomes said.

For his part, Operations Chief, Edgardo B. Tabal inspired the participants to engage in cassava food preparation using their learning experiences from the training.  He envisions the participants to become future entrepreneurs.

The activity brought a good feedback from the participants. They were impressed and challenged and even committed to apply what they have learned. They believe that cassava food processing is an additional source of income for their family. For participating  employees, “this training can be a good business after retirement.”

More trainings will be scheduled before the month ends, one in Lubigan, Zamboanga City and another in Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga del Sur.

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