Food processing center to operate in August

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014


THE regional office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Davao targets to start operation of its Food Processing Innovation Center (FPIC) in August once the training of its personnel on the usage of the equipment is done.

DOST Davao City Science and Technology center coordinator Judy Donna D. Nueva Ecija, in an interview on Tuesday, said the training of the personnel will begin end of June or early July.

"We will train three persons for each of the seven equipment in the center," she said.

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Nueva Ecija also said small medium enterprises (SMEs) that would like to avail of FPIC's services may also send some of their personnel for the training.

She added that they welcome SMEs and other potential users to visit the center even if it's not yet fully operational.

Nueva Ecija recently said five to 10 SMEs signified their interest to use the center for the development and production of their products.

She cited one company that is interested in using the spray dryer for the production of coco sugar while few companies are interested in using the vacuum fryer for fruit chips.

"Most of the companies that showed their interests are those into processing tropical fruits," Nueva Ecija said.

The center will house seven food processing equipment: water retort, immersion freezer, vacuum packaging machine, spray dryer, vacuum evaporator, vacuum fryer, and vacuum dryer.

Only the spray dryer, water retort, and vacuum fryer, however, are available.

Nueva Ecija said the rest of the equipment will arrive before the year ends.

"Since the equipment are stand-alone machines, we can operate even if the other four equipment have not yet arrived," she said.

FPIC, she said, is for SMEs to use it as a research and development facility for their products at for small scale will house seven food processing equipment: water retort, immersion freezer, vacuum packaging machine, spray dryer, vacuum evaporator, vacuum fryer, and vacuum dryer.

Only the spray dryer, water retort, and vacuum fryer, however, are available.

Nueva Ecija said the rest of the equipment will arrive before the year ends.

"Since the equipment are stand-alone machines, we can operate even if the other four equipment have not yet arrived," she said.

FPIC, she said, is for SMEs to use it as a research and development facility for their products at for small scale productions.

SMEs that will use the facility will need to pay a user's fee but Nueva Ecija said they have yet to finalize the fees and will announce it before center starts operating.

The P5.3-million facility, which is located at the Philippine Women's College (PWC), was launched last May 15, 2014. It is a collaborative initiative of Dost-Davao, PWC, Department of Trade and Industry-Davao, Food Processing Association of Davao Inc., and the city government of Davao.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 29, 2014.

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