Other than kropek and feeds

Other than kropek and feeds

 
Various livelihood sources were distributed to the municipalities in Region 8 to further alleviate their situation after the consecutive typhoons in the last two years. These include livelihood on commodities such as livestock, vegetables, sweet potato and cassava. Beneficiaries continue to reap its harvest that they have gained keen interest to produce value added products recently.
 
An example of which is the Barangay Esperanza Organic Farmers’ Association (BEOFA), whose members were also graduates of the School on the Air on Organic Agriculture in 2016. In a focus group discussion conducted right after the SOA graduation, a representative expressed their interest to attend a training on cassava processing.
 
Some members already process the cassava into kropek, and wants to further their knowledge in processing. Such is the case of Rosalina C. Malate, member of Barangay Esperanza Organic Farmer Association (BEOFA). With the training she quips, “This would help us to improve our family income and give more livelihood to our association (Dako ining bulig kanamong mga asawa, pagbulig sa amon pamilya og dugang panginabuhi sa asosasyon). Majority of us utilize cassava for feed and kropek processing only. But now, after this cassava processing training, we can make nutritious cassava products like Cassava chippy with malunggay,among others . We hope that we will be assisted in marketing our food products.”
 
Processed products include cassava jolly roll, cassava yuca sticks, cassava chips, pitsi-pitsi, and cassava espasol. The training also discussed topics on gender and development and role of women in agriculture, the problems encountered during processing and how to overcome it, and the purpose of packaging and labelling of the finished product.
 
With the response to their training request, Camilo Superio, Vice President of BEOFA, expressed his gratitude to the facilitators and resource persons, “Thank you to ATI and PhilRootcrops for giving the knowledge and skills to make other cassava-based food products. I am encouraging my fellow farmers to continue planting cassava so that we will have a continuous supply of raw materials for our cassava processing livelihood projects.”
 
ATI-RTC 8 aims to conduct more needs-based trainings for  its stakeholders in the region. In Burauen, farmers can now start investing in other products other than kropek and cassava feeds.
 
Thirty (30) members of BEOFA attended the training, “Good Manufacturing Practices on Cassava Processing” on March 23-25, 2017 at Brgy. Esperanza, Burauen, Leyte.