• Mushroom cooperative gets DOST assistance

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    The Luzon Mushroom Agriculture Cooperative (LMAC) is expected to boost its efficiency and production through the valuable assistance given by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 1 (Northern Luzon) office through the agency’s Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).

    The P250,000 grant from DOST will be used for the acquisition of production equipment that includes ones unit noodle making machine, mechanized oven, food dehydrator, spiral mixer, and two units stainless tables.

    LMAC is the only producer of cultured mushroom and mushroom-based products in Aponit District, San Carlos City, Pangasinan. It started operating as an association in 2014 supplying noodles with mushroom, fresh mushrooms and fruiting bags for mushroom culture, and besuto and kropek (chips) made from the commodity. Its products are retailed in public markets and gift (pasalubong) centers of Pangasinan and nearby provinces.

    Registered as a cooperative in April 2016, LMAC has more than 50 members from Pangasinan and other provinces in Central Luzon.

    LMAC Chairman Onofre Macaraeg Jr. said the cooperative’s operations will improve with the machines acquired through DOST-SETUP. At present, the cooperative has assets of about P500,000.

    The DOST assured the coop members of technical assistance on mushroom product shelf life testing, microbial and nutritional analysis as well improvement of product labeling and packaging.

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