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Online turn-over of the Php 2 Million check to the Food Research and Development Center of the Central Mindanao University

With the advent of the new normal, innovations in food production have become an integral part of the food industry to attain food resiliency and security. These innovations are the priority areas of the research and development (R&D) agenda, particularly in the Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technologies of the region.

In response, the Department of Science and Technology-10 (DOST-10) recently funded a research proposal from the Central Mindanao University entitled, “Spray Drying of Fruit Vegetable Juice Blends from Abundant and Underutilized Food Crops in Bukidnon,” which amounts to more than Php 2 Million.

The Food Research and Development Center of the Central Mindanao University had recently developed nutritious juices from abundant and underutilized fruits and vegetables in Bukidnon.

However, the center cannot store the juices for long periods on the shelves due to limited expiry dates. The production of such will eventually result in large amounts of wastes from plastic bottle containers.

The funded research aims to solve further wastage by utilizing a Spray Drying Technology to convert fresh produce into spray-dried fruits and vegetable juice blend powders. Compared with the liquid juice, the juice blend powders have longer shelf lives and higher stability and efficiency in storage, handling, and transportation processes.

The beneficiaries are now in the process of acquiring the technology after the online check turn-over on April 22, 2021.

With its full implementation, the research is expected to (1) provide functional emergency foods, (2) respond to the research agenda on management and utilization of fruits and vegetables through a scientific research approach, (3) provide promising livelihood programs to uplift communities in Bukidnon, (4) provide technology adaptation to local farmers and SMEs, and (5) give additional information and references on spray dried food products in the country. (Delwin Balanay, Jr., DOST-10)