By Dexter A. See
Bangued — Health food takes center stage in Abra with vegetable-enriched noodles.
Gov. Eustaquio Bersamin said the product could help boost the income of community folk in a mass marketed food staple.
“We are proud of the resilience of our people in trying to develop alternative sources of livelihood for themselves without relying on the support coming from government,” he told Manila Standard.
According to Bersamin, agencies and the private sector were helping in the production and tapping buyers to boost the local industry.
The Department of Science and Technology has extended assistance in the pre-fabrication of the machines.
The Abra Diocesan Teachers and Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative also pledged to help in the procurement of raw materials since the producers are not yet capable to purchase in bulk the raw materials that they need in the production process.
Other groups include Abra Vegetable Seed Growers Cooperative for inputs and the Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology for research in prolonging product shelf life.
Core team members have come up with an organizational development training to dovetail production and livelihood activities.