About 30 muscovado farmers in Ilocos Sur are expected to benefit from the P400,000 worth of shared equipment given by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as part of its Shares Service Facility project (SSF).
In a statement, the department said its Region 1 division has turned over a newly- installed sugarcane crusher equipment to the muscovado farmers and entrepreneurs of Maynganay Norte in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur.
DTI Region 1 Director Florante Leal and Ilocos Sur Provincial Director Grace Lapastora turned over the equipment to the Muscovado Farmers Association (MFA) on January 18.
DTI said this is the second SSF facility the agency has given Ilocos Sur.
Sugar cane is the primary source of income for many Ilocos Sur residents, DTI said. Among the products are muscovado, balikutsa (toffee) and vinegar.
Celestino Villabos, MFA president said the “modern and more efficient” crusher will help boost production and income. It will support the old crusher—called “Dapilan”—which has been operating since 1804.