The Dapitan City’s Cassava Growers and Processors Association completes the five short listed nominees in the Search for Cornucopia Awards 2017.

National evaluators from the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Mr. Jonarex Z. Miral; Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), Ms. Pola Mendoza and Ms. Bernalin Cadayong conducted the evaluation last week. The criteria for judging were 20% each for the Kind and Number of Commercialized Processed products; the Degree of Commercialization (Market Coverage); the Innovativeness; the Quality and the Economic Benefits with a total of 100%.

 

The Cassava Growers and Processors Association produces the famous Dapitan City’s trademark of tasty and crispy cassava chips. It has been available in local and national markets, as well as reaching international markets in recent participation of agri-fairs that paved the way to earn at least two million pesos annually.

The association ventures into value adding products like cassava flour, cassava cake, jolly roll, yuka sticks, pichi-pichi, kiping, cassava balls, cassava puto, cassava suman and cassava cue.
Susan Empeynado, Dapitan’s Livelihood center in-charge said that the Department of Agriculture also supports their initiatives and have invited them to participate in various trainings on cassava cooking demo and handicrafts making.

“Aside from cassava recipes, the association also produce dried chips for feeds and stalks as planting materials. For corn, we produce grits and bran and as an added income, some members were trained by DA in cornhusk handicrafts to make decorative angels, dolls, lanterns and flowers.” she said.

Other regions competing for the Cornucopia Awards are region 3, 4B, 10 and 12. Region 9 is included top 5. The search aim to recognize and provide incentives to farmer organizations implementing value adding on corn and cassava primary products; and to promote the development/production of different processed products from the said crops.

Winners will be awarded in the form of monetary incentives for expansion of processing facilities and equipment. First prize is two million pesos, 2nd prize is 1.5 million pesos, 3rd prize is 1 million pesos. The 4th placer will receive a consolation prize of P500,000 pesos and 5th placer will have P350,000 pesos. Winners will be declared by the central office in Manila next month. (MDaguro/ DA9).

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