Food center seen to address malnutrition

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Sunday, July 6, 2014


A COMPLIMENTARY food production project will be headed by the Department of Science and Technology-CAR to address malnutrition in the region.

Regional director Julius Ceasar Sicat shared in a press forum held recently a food production facility will be set up in Apayao State College as part of their roll out of technologies.

"Ang gagawin natin dito, we will develop food products that are highly nutritious to alleviate yung malnourished children," he stressed.

Rice monggo curls and baby food blend products will be primarily produced in the facility aimed to be fed to children especially in Apayao, which Sicat noted as one of the provinces with the most malnutrition cases.

The facility has the capability to produce around 36,660 packs of rice monggo curls and food blends a month.

According to Sicat, the region has abundant monggo which can be transmuted into other products.

In case of inadequacy, the region can easily get supply from Region 2. Moreover, the regional director added the products can be utilized during disasters just like during Yolanda where they sent supplies of these products in Tacloban and other affected areas.

Aside from supply in malnutrition programs and disasters, the products can be commercialized.

Although some equipment are already in ASC, the DOST-CAR is still waiting for the P4M worth extrusion apparatus they ordered in Japan which is the main apparatus of the facility to arrive August 6.

So far, Ilocos Region and NCR has complimentary food production project which supplies their nearby provinces.

Sicat closed Baguio City has actually been taking products of this project from Pangasinan since last year. (Giovani Joy Fontanilla)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 07, 2014.

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