BAYAWAN CITY, Negros Oriental(PIA) – A set of fish processing equipment was recently turned over to fisherfolk-beneficiaries in Brgy. Boyco here by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
The equipment that was handed over to the fisherfolk-beneficiaries under the Shared Service Facility (SSF) project which aims to help Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) owners.
The turnover ceremony was held April 1 at Brgy. Boyco Gymnasium.
DTI-Negros Island Region (NIR) Director Asteria Caberte spearheaded the turnover ceremony and opening of the fish processing center located beside the Boyco Gymnasium along with DTI Provincial Director Javier Fortunato Jr. and DTI-Negros Oriental staff.
The SSF project, pegged at P1 million, is composed of a multi-commodity solar tunnel dryer, mechanical multi-purpose dryer, two stainless steel working table with sink, stainless steel marinating basin (drawer mounted type), stainless steel shelves, vacuum packaging machine, chest freezer, heavy duty electric meat grinder, industrial pressure cooker, and stainless industrial stove.
The equipment can help produce lamayo (low salt, marinated, half dried fish), fish balls, dried fish, bottled fish and fish crackers in good quality.
DTI-NIR director Asteria Caberte explained the purpose of the equipment is to ensure that the process of preparing lamayo and other fish products is clean and safe.
It also hopes to increase the volume of production, improve the quality, and expand the market of processed fish products.
With the help of the fish processing equipment, the volume of production of dried fish and lamayo is expected to increase from 50 to 100 kgs. per month to 150 to 200 kgs per month.
Caberte said that fish processors will also have better products and can charge a higher price if necessary.
The direct beneficiaries of the SSF fish processing project are the members of the Villareal-Tinago-Boyco Fisherfolks Associatio (VITIFOBA).
“I hope that this lamayo project will be maximized. Use It! I hope this will bring additional income to all of you,” Caberte said.
On the other hand, Bayawan City Councilor Luis Sumalpong thanked DTI the SSF project.
In his message, he said that this would help solve the problem in drying fish. “This would make the processing of lamayo and dried fish faster. This is one of the necessary projects in Bayawan. We are looking for other avenues to increase the income of Bayawanons,” he said.
City Agriculturist Cornelio Muralla also expressed the commitment to help fisherfolks in maximing and optimizing the use of the fish processing equipment provided by DTI.
Meanwhile, other government officials who graced the event were Assistant Regional Director for Finance and Administration of Department of Science and Technology (DOST-NIR) Engr. Gilbert Arbon, Provincial Planning and Development Office head Sophie Arevalo, and ICT-Dumaguete Executive Director Danah Fortunato together with representatives from TESDA and DENR. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on April 6, 2016)