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|BAR booth during the PAFT Exhibit featuring technologies from BAR-funded projects including adlai and herb-enhanced smoked tamban and dilis-fortified malunggay powder. PHOTOS:
The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) featured some of its funded R&D on the production and processing of agriculture and fisheries commodities which could help the food sufficiency program of the government during the 50th Annual Convention of the Philippine Association of Food Technologists (PAFT) at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City on 06 July 2011.
BAR's project proponents from the Bicol Integrated Agricultural Research Center (BIARC) and Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) in Quezon Province showcased their latest projects in an effort to address malnutrition and provide livelihood opportunities in rural areas.
BIARC featured the rice-like adlai which is being promoted by the Department of Agriculture (DA) through BAR as a traditional food which could be eaten and prepared like rice or corn. Adaptability trials on this crop are on-going in Regions II, IV, V, IX, and X.
In his recent visit to the Bicol region, BAR Director Nicomedes Eleazar saw for himself the second phase of the on-going adaptability trials and seed production of adlai at the experiment site of BIARC.
BIARC planted three indigenous glutinous varieties of adlai, which are gulian, ginampay, and tapol. According to Ms. Ailyn Adante, one of the BIARC project leaders, the results of their first trial showed that tapol variety produces the highest yield.
On the other hand, SLSU featured two projects funded under BAR's National Technology Commercialization Program (NTCP), namely, herb-enhanced smoked tamban and dilis-fortified malunggay powder.
The two project aims to take advantage of the healthy benefits and livelihood opportunities from processing tamban and dilis which are commonly found in the province. The project proponents hope to increase the levels of consumption on nutritious food through fortification.
Apart from the exhibit, the PAFT convention featured plenary sessions on different food technology issues and concerns from July 6-8. During the opening ceremonies, PAFT President Rodolfo Panganiban welcomed the participants.
Prof. Geoffrey Campbell-Platt, president, International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) based in the United Kingdom was the event's keynote speaker. Meanwhile, Dr. Miflora Minoza-Gatchalian, PAFT founding president was also present to give her message. After the opening program, they led the ribbon-cutting ceremonies to officially open the exhibit.
Participants in the exhibit comprised mostly of private companies involved in food ingredients and food products manufacturing and export. BAR was the only government agency representative under the Philippine block of exhibitors who featured different food ingredients such as carageenan from seaweeds.