PANABO City, Davao del Norte – Being a fruit wine master herself, Dr. Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) promotes the innovation and technology of making wine out of tropical fruits as well as other techniques to produce more value-added goods.
In her message during the Techno-Training on Fruit Wine Making, Taposok shared her experience on engaging into the fruit wine business after completing her scholarship in the University of California Davis in 2011. She recalled how she and her husband Mr. Omer Taposok, decided to invest in winery and make use of crops such as mangosteen, passion fruit, mango variants, banana, dragon fruit, durian, guyabano, jackfruit, lemon, marang, passion fruit, pineapple, and watermelon which they harvest from their farm in Kidapawan and neighboring areas.
“To create more market and value-added opportunities, we process our crops into wine instead of selling them fresh,” she said.
Mr. Taposok served as the resource person during the said activity where he delivered hands-on procedures on wine processing. He further discussed the significant health benefits and business opportunities in fruit wine making.
The OIC-Director encouraged the participants to continuously integrate farming with business and be innovative farmers who will eventually transfer technologies to the next generation of young farmers.
The said techno-training participated by farmers who aspire to engage in fruit wine business was held last November 3, 2017 in Barangay Datu Abdul in ATI Region XI.