BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 10 -- The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Caraga recently conducted a training on root crops processing in support to Gender and Development (GAD) held at San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila Pastoral Center, Ampayon, this city.
The said activity aims to enhance the knowledge, attitude, and skills of the women farmers with regard to Gender and Development (GAD) through involvement in root crops processing.
It was participated by 28 women from Butuan City in coordination with the City Agriculture Office.
These women-participants were Rural Improvement Club (RIC) members and Barangay Nutrition Scholars who were also farmers planting root crops and were very interested to venture into value-adding processed products as another source of income.
The first day of the training was about Good Manufacturing Practices which was discussed by Jennifer J. Dejarme, the Senior Science Research Specialist of DOST-Caraga and a member of the Caraga Food Safety Team
Topics include handwashing, personal hygiene, cross contamination, and food safety hazards. The participants were delighted upon knowing the practices that will help improve their day-to-day living. Participants were able to learn in the preparation of food wherein food safety should always be considered.
On the other hand, Carla Jeanne P. Catral discussed several recipes of root crops like Ube Yema, Camote Pie, and Taro Fries. She is a successful food entrepreneur whose products are already available in Gaisano and Robinsons Malls in the city.
The participants have enjoyed and learned that there are more to root crops rather than selling it fresh on the market. Also, the participants were toured at ATI-RTC 13 Demo Farm and saw diversified crops and animals.
Indalecia V. Calo, one of the participants, said that she was very thankful to ATI-RTC 13 for the opportunity that was given to them especially to the women of the city.
“I just thought that I will only get money from selling root crops but there is more to it, processing into value-added products is a good technique as Income Generating Project (IGP) for the women," Calo said.
"We thought that making pies and others are difficult but we now know that they were very easy and delicious. Again, I want to thank ATI for this training. Thank you," Calo added. (Ginalyn V. Arbutante, ATI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)