DAVAO CITY — The Department of Science and Technology Region 11 (DOST 11) has vowed to give Science and Technology (S&T) interventions to coconut farmers and processors aiming to boost the coconut industry in Davao Region.
In a statement, DOST 11 Regional Director Dr. Anthony C. Sales said their agency will be assisting them by providing appropriate technologies to level up their processed products for their livelihood and economic activities.
Sales said DOST 11’s laboratories are also open to analyze their products to ensure quality and food safety, that meet the industry standard and requirement as well as avoid product rejection.
He said the office will also be extending innovation support for farmers to put up their own processing facilities in their own farms.
Sales said the DOST in partnership and coordination with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), also targets to provide interventions that shall train and equip farmers and processors with knowledge and skills on proper handling, harvesting, and processing to improve the quality and productivity of their harvest.
The statement came after their meeting with the farmers last April 28 organized by LEADTECH (Learning By Doing Technology Inc.) headed by Engr. Reyman Zamora.
The event was also graced by PCA 11 officer-in-charge Juvy Alayon, TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña, TESDA 11 Regional Director Engr. Lorenzo Macapili and other TESDA officials.