DOST Bukidnon in partnership with City Agriculture office grants an automated packaging machine to DAMAUDARC through CEST
According to a published report from the Philippine Statistics Authority, Bukidnon shared the largest farms in region 10. It has 120 thousand farms that utilized 322.8 thousand hectares of land for agriculture: the largest among the provinces.
With this, the province is called the Land of the Bounty. Predominantly planted with vegetables and pineapples, new industries are rising, such as Coffee, Cacao, Bamboo, and Dairy. Some of these are already starting anew in the international community.
The Department of Science and Technology-Bukidnon aims to create harmony and convergence between Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) and Agriculture to bring more bounty, increase productivity and efficiency, and create more employment and investment opportunities in the province. DOST continuously supports the Agriculture sector by providing various technical interventions. Cacao and dairy small-scale farmers are among the recent recipients of DOST interventions through its Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program.
In partnership with the Local Government Unit of Malaybalay City, DOST-Bukidnon turned-over a complete set of cacao processing equipment to the Malaybalay City Cacao Growers Association (MCCGA). The set includes a roasting machine, grinder, stainless steel table, sealers, digital weighing scale, and more. The agency will also equip the beneficiary with Hands-on Training on Tablea and Chocolate Making, Good Manufacturing Practices, and Food Safety. They are also pre-listed to join other free sets of training for product development. The DOST envisions that this project will encourage more farmers to go into farming and entrepreneurship to adapt and soon participate in the Global Fairtrade.
The Dalwangan Malaybalay United Dairy Agrarian Reform Cooperative (DAMAUDARC) also recently received a set of equipment from processing to the packaging of their dairy products such as fresh milk, milk bars, and cheese. The budget allocation to provide the complete set of dairy equipment totaled about a million and a half. Malaybalay City Mayor Florencio T. Flores, Jr. expressed his utmost support in the City's first and only dairy processing.
Both the projects are part of the continuous embarking of S&T in all areas of Bukidnon through the CEST program.
CEST is the agency's program specifically dedicated to alleviating poverty by providing appropriate S&T interventions in the following entry points: Economic Development, Health and Nutrition, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Climate Change Adaptation, Human Resource Development, and Environmental Protection.