DOST turns over baking equipment to farmers’ group
BONTOC, Mountain Province, (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through its Science and Technology for the Advancement of Municipalities (STEAM) project turned over a P248,300.00 worth of baking equipment to Kakamman-Finnadang Association of barangay Belwang in Sadanga municipality.
This is DOST’s counterpart in a joint project with the local government unit (LGU) of Sadanga and the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP 2), which aims to improve the socio economic status of farmer members through the implementation of the Science and Technology (S&T) assistance in the establishment of a community-based bakery in the barangay.
The project requires a total budget of P599,750.00.
Barangay Belwang is known for its indigenous products like black beans and sweet potato and is one of the main suppliers of beans in the municipality.
Municipal Agriculturist Joan Agrong said DOST’s counterpart is the provision of baking equipment such as oven, dough roller, coconut grater, and the dough kneader.
The CHARMP 2 provided funds for the training of members of the association on baking and experiential tour of members to Pangasinan. It also provided financial assistance to the members of the association to start the operation of their business.
The members of the Kakamman Finnadang Association had undergone a two-day training on baking on January 15 and 16.
The LGU provides the building and lot where the association establish their business . It also through the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist provided technical assistance in preparing business plan and project proposal for the association and also to monitor the implementation of the project.
Agrong said this is the first project under the STEAM of the DOST-CAR that is approved in the municipality and three more proposals are on process. (JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mountain Province)