P5.3-million food processing center opens in Davao

Subscribe Now May 20, 2014 at 08:42am

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Davao Region may look forward to improved output and marketing of their products after the Department of Science and Technology in the region (DoST-11) launched on Thursday (May 15) the P5.3-million Food Processing Innovation Center, at the Philippine Women’s College compound in Matina district.

“The center is expected to contribute to the inclusive and sustained development of Davao Region’s food industry,” DoST-11 Director Anthony C. Sales said.

The food processing center is a common service facility intended to encourage innovative food production and micro processing.

It also aims to provide a common venue for MSMEs, the academe and other clients who want to improve their food processing enterprises.

Mr. Sales said the facility is crucial in helping Davao producers preserve their fresh fruit products like durian and other fruits as it will offer upgraded processing systems and manufacturing operations.

MSMEs will also now have access to standardized processing technologies to improve quality standards for locally developed and manufactured products set for both the domestic and international markets.

The center boasts seven units of food processing equipment developed by the DoST Industrial Technology Development Institute as part of its “high-impact technology solutions”. Four units are expected to arrive this week.

The facility will also be equipped with a water retort, immersion freezer, vacuum-packaging machine, spray dryer, vacuum evaporator, vacuum fryer, and vacuum dryer.

While the DoST will take care of the salaries of people who will supervise the center’s operations, users of the center’s facilities will have to shell out fees -- said to be affordable -- to help cover the equipment’s maintenance.

“The center is capable of processing small-scale operations of food products between 100 to 1,000 kilograms depending on the raw materials used, which could be vegetable, fruits or meat,” he said. Depending on the actual use and requirement of the MSMEs and other users, the DoST will make a survey and see if the local food industry will need more equipment at the center.

Mr. Sales said users can also avail of consultancy services at the center to help improve the quality and marketability of their products, help them handle transport inefficiencies, and comply with the standards and regulations set in the domestic and export markets.

Source: bworldonline.com

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