The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has created a banana processing technology that will benefit 1,000 farmers in Bukidnon.

Secretary Fortunato de la Peña announced through a video that the banana farmers in Lantapan, Bukidnon will be the first beneficiaries of the banana chips processing facility.

The said banana chips processing equipment from DOST-Bukidnon costs Php102,960 and is expected to benefit the Rural Improvement Club (RIC). With this, there is a need for scheduled training, food safety instructions, and ethical manufacturing processes for the banana chips processing.

Secretary de la Peña stated that about 41 members of the RIC will be expecting an additional estimated income of Php20,000 a month when the banana chips processing facility creating the Cardava chips becomes fully operational. This is aside from the employability of 20 other locals in its livelihood intervention.

DOST believes that with the said equipment, the banana chips processing would become more efficient and compliant with food safety guides.

This project is made into reality by the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program of DOST. CEST has the objective of eradicating poverty in the Philippines by empowering the poor communities through the intervention of science and technology.

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