• 4 SMEs in Bataan get DOST assistance

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    Three food processing businesses and a piggery farm in Bataan were provided recently with technology assistance by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region III through its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading (Setup) Program.

    Program beneficiaries are Sam Roque’s Food Products in Samal, Montey’s Food Products in Morong, Linda & Nap Smoke & Dried Fish Processing in Balanga City, and Robles Farm, a piggery in Abucay. All received assistance through technology and machinery valued at P1.4 million.

    The DOST-III assistance will be reimbursed by the beneficiaries in three years time.

    Sam Roque’s Food Products in Brgy. San Roque in Samal, for one got a planetary mixer, a band sealer, and a food grade working table, to improve their production.

    “Maganda ang pag-kaka-seal, malapad. ‘Yung bilis ng conveyor ng [band]sealer ay na-a-adjust naman,” Agnes M. Alisbo of Sam Roque said.

    Product quality is also the major concern of Linda & Nap Smoke & Dried Fish Processing in Brgy. Puerto Rivas-Ibaba, Balanga City.

    The 40-year old company is processesing assorted fish into tuyo or dried fish and “tinapa” or smoked fish also acquired a vacuum packaging machine from DOST.

    To complement it, the project necessitated a chest type freezer where the vacuum packed processed fish will be cold stored prior to delivery.

    Robles Farm in Brgy. Laon, Abucay wanted to implement proper waste disposal and management in its farm. The DOST assisted them with the adoption the agency’s biogas digester technology and to install 117 cu. m. biogas digester with 58.5 cu. m. gas capacity.

    Biogas digester converts farm waste into biogas including methane. It also minimizes the release of harmful green house gases such as nitrogen dioxide and hydrogen sulfide produced from the decomposition of farm wastes.

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