By Leandria Pagunsan
NEGROS ORIENTAL, August 23 (PIA)—A community-based food processing center of rice-mongo blend in Barangay Nangka, Bayawan City was established to redirect and enhance the local government unit of Bayawan’s feeding program highly dependent on outsourced nutri-packs.
The food processing center of rice-mongo (BigMo) blend by the Nangka Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Farmers’ Association (NABEFA) with 29 farmer-members was an output of Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s (FNRI’s) Siglang Pinoy Project.
The Siglang Pinoy project provides technical assistance for the implementation which combines the feeding and nutrition education component.
NABEFA was reorganized on April 16, 2012 upon the recommendation of Barangay Council of Nangka in order to highlight public-private partnership for sustainable community-based agri-enterpise development project.
Bayawan City took the project to support the establishment of a community-based food processing center as a means to provide sustainable income for the farmer-beneficiaries of NABEFA.
Owned by Bayawan City government, the project was registered on January 28, 2015 and managed by Jill Marie dela Cruz as plant manager. (rmn/lpp/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This articl was originally published at PIA Website on Aug. 22, 2016)