The Department of Science and Technology Region 10 turned over a check amounting to 1.6 Million to the local government unit of Kinoguitan on April 14, 2021, via an online conference to empower fruit farmers in the municipality.
The agency conducted the online fund turn-over to strengthen the partnership and linkage between stakeholders and empower fourth to sixth-class communities in Misamis Oriental.
Kinoguitan is abundant in tropical fruits such as mango, jackfruit, banana, durian, and more. However, the Municipal Agriculture Office reported that 470 out of 1,253 metric tons of fruit are left unsold and wasted during peak fruiting seasons.
With this, the LGU-Kinoguitan and DOST-10 partnered to provide appropriate technologies to utilize the fruit produce to give an even higher financial return than fresh fruits.
Seventeen farmers, of which most are women, of the Kinoguitan Food Processors Producers Cooperative (KFPPC) are the beneficiaries of the fruit value-adding project by the DOST-10 and LGU-Kinoguitan. The project is under the DOST-10 Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program to empower communities in five different key entry points: livelihood, health, environment, disaster risk reduction and management, and education.
The fruit value-adding project aims to acquire a Vacuum Fryer and a Food Dehydrator to innovate fruit produce in the area.
Vacuum Fryer is for deep-fat frying and designed to fry the fruits under reduced pressure, thus retaining their natural color and flavor. The equipment will make the fruits crunchier in texture. On the other hand, a Food Dehydrator preserves fruits by removing their moisture content at high temperatures.
The fruit processing or production area will be under the funds of the LGU-Kinoguitan, while the supply of raw materials and other kitchen tools will be from the beneficiaries.