Baybay City, Leyte - Corn is one of the most important crops in the Philippines as it ranks second to rice in the utilization of agricultural resources. Many products can be derived from corn grains through proper processing activities.
Food processing can play a vital role in rural poverty alleviation, empowerment of rural women and sustainable development. Women empowerment through suitable gender-specific technologies can contribute towards development of small & medium scale food processing industries thereby improving the country’s rural economy.
The Masagana RIC is a group of rural women in Baybay City, Leyte. The organization is already into food processing. They use wheat or rice flour in their food products. However, they want to venture into corn processing so that they can utilize corn, a commodity abundant in their locality.
ATI-RTC 8 conducted a Training on Corn Food Processing for the women of Masagana RIC. Not only is it aimed to equip them with the basic knowledge and skills on corn food processing, the training enabled them to learn about the Participation of Women in Post-Harvest Activities, Good Manufacturing Practices, Costing and Pricing.
Through the workshops, the participants utilized corn and convert them into different food products. They were able to produce corn macaroons and maximize corn juice extracts and turn them into Maja.
“I was refreshed on the good manufacturing practices, food safety, and hazard topics. It gave us also an idea that we as women should be resourceful and help our husbands in making a living.” said Maria Cristina Codilla, one of the training participant. According to her, the corn macaroon will be an additional featured product in their association. She is sure that it won’t be difficult for them to market the product as it will be well loved by children and adults.
The participants received kits containing ingredients, kitchen utensils composed of macaroon pans, mixing bowls, spatulas, whisks, wooden spoons, knives, strainers, and measuring cups and spoons. This will serve as their starter kit as they will be applying their learnings in their respective homes. The association also received kitchen appliances such as oven and electric mixer.
“We are grateful that we were chosen to participate on the training on corn food processing. Thank you for the materials you have given to our association. We will try our best to improve our products as well as help others.” Anelita Cernias assures the facilitators during her impression.
Fifteen (15) participants took part in the Training on Corn Food Processing conducted on September 22-24, 2020 at Brgy. Cogon, Baybay City, Leyte. (with reports from EB Cayago)