The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) threw its all-out support to the establishment of a banana flour processing facility in Iligan City.
DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said DOST Region X rallied behind the setting up of the facility that will benefit about 50 farmers in Iligan City.
“The project will utilize agricultural byproducts to create additional sources of income to members of Iligan Agri-Rainbow Producers Cooperative (IARPC) and other associated farmers,” he said.
“Through technical training and provision of the technologies, DOST-X will enable marginalized farmers to produce high quality flour from a monthly average of 1-ton unutilized bananas, such as low class cardaba variety.”
The DOST chief said the project is also expected to produce organic fertilizer from the banana peel.
“With the support and assistance of the local government unit of Iligan, IARPC will be trading their products to local bakeries, farms, gardeners and will also be assisted by other partner agencies,” he said.