The Department of Science and Technology -Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) will assist Via Verde Resource Philippines in setting up an irradiation facility.
DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña announced this during his weekly report on Friday, April 23.
“The DOST-PNRI is entering into an agreement with Via Verde Resource Philippines, Inc. later this month to assist the latter in setting up an irradiation facility, using technical and marketing expertise from Vietnamese and Malaysian companies,” he said.
He cited that Via Verde, led by businessman Engr. Dave Ranile, aims to pioneer the safe use of gamma irradiation for lengthening shelf life of agricultural products for local and export use, and for various industrial applications.
“This helps realize a long-standing desire of DOST to privatize irradiation facilities which will greatly enhance agriculture and industry,” the DOST chief said.
De la Peña said the PNRI “is the sole facility” that has been providing irradiation services for agriculture, industrial and medical applications, citing a “huge demand” for such services.
Currently, the PNRI is operating the following irradiation facilities: the Cobalt-60 Multipurpose Irradiation Facility (MIF), the Gammacell-220 and the Electron Beam Irradiation Facility (EBIF).
“PNRI extends the use of these facilities to various clients for food irradiation, medical products sterilization and for research purposes,” it said.