The SKSBMPC members with the staff of CLSU-ATFBI and CTMRD - CLSU during the mushroom production and chicharon processing training.

 

DOST-III through its Expanded Implementation of Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (eCEST) provided assistance to the Sto. Kristo Siling Bata Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SKSBMPC) in Pandi, Bulacan for the improvement of their mushroom production and mushroom chicharon processing facility. The program’s implementation includes the provision and transfer of a technology-based livelihood project thru the eCEST office with the assistance of the Provincial Science and Technology Center-Bulacan.

As part of the project, the DOST – III together with the technical experts of Central Luzon State University (CLSU) conducted a two-day training workshop held at the Center for Tropical Mushroom Research and Development(CTMRD) - CLSU last March 18-19, 2019.

                 The training showcased technical and actual demonstrations of mushroom technologies from practical and indigenous resources available in the community. The director of the CTMRD - CLSU, Dr. Sofronio P. Kalaw, gave a lecture to the participants about the technical aspects of mushroom production and concluded with the actual demonstration of culture media and fruiting bag preparation. The different processes and ingredients for mushroom chicharon production as well as the actual demonstration of processing were explained by food technology experts from the CLSU - Agriculture and Food Technology Business Incubator (CLSU-AFTBI).

 

With the provision of equipment and training for the members of SKSBMPC through the eCEST program, DOST hopes to boost their mushroom production and improve product quality in order to provide better livelihood opportunities in the community.

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