By Michael Uy of PIA
CARMEN, Davao del Norte–A Cavendish banana producing company in Carmen received earlier today banana powder processing equipment from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
As part of the DTI’s Shared Service Facility program, Diamond Farm Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multipurpose Cooperative (DARBMUPCO) gained P1.87-million worth of processing equipment.
The facilities include banana chipper, mechanical dryer elevated solar drier with net cover and hammer mill with sifter.
DTI Davao del Norte Provincial Director Romeo Castanaga emphasized that the equipment will be used to improve the lives of members and its community by using Cavendish bananas.
“I cannot call the bananas as rejects because they can still be eaten; they are just bananas who did not just meet the market standards,” Castanaga said.
For more than two years, the cooperative are selling their ‘reject’ bananas to contractors that produces dried banana chips, which are then sold to companies that will process it to powder or pellets for industrial use or feeds.
DARBMUPCO Manager Juan Pelenio said that the bananas that came from the cooperative’s 759-hectare plantation.
Pelenio bared that the new facilities will be operationalized by the end of this year.
He said that they will still undergo capability trainings with the DTI for the said equipment. (PIA11, Michael Uy)
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