FITS Center at Sorsogon Dairy Farm, Cabid-an, Sorsogon: Farmers' Meeting held on January 30, 2006

 

     Then main objective of the meeting was the introduction of the K-Agrinet program, a special project of the FITS centers. Because of appointment of some new staff of hte BCARRD, there was the introduction of the staff form BCARRD, FITS center, the MS, farmers and pili processors. A re-orientation on the role of BCARRD and its importance to FITS center and farmers was done by the new Consortium Director, Dr. Nimfa Pelea. The Agrinet program was discussed by the RMIS, Dr. Jocelyn Paje while the operation of FITS center was discussed by RTP Coordinator, Prof. Grace Brizuela. Issues raised by pili producer and processor present at the meeting were the following:

 

  1. Fresh harvest of pili hwich could not readily processed were readily damaged to about 20%.
  2. Pilinut kernels not dried before storage tends to have "tayangawon". Such kernels could not be processed anymore since the taste of the whole product is affected.
  3. Oil was extracted from pili pulp and that the composition was similar to the pili oil extracted from the kernels. The only difference lies on the color since the oil coming from the pulp was darker while the oil extracted from the kernels was lighter.
  4. Another issue was on packaging. Those packed in ordinary plastic bags tend to deteriorate faster and therfore its shelf life is shorter. Lilian Alice Lopez, a businesswoman has tried the vacuum packing using thick aluminum foil for the pili candies and that the products became comparable to other products in the market.
  5. Price for the products tend to fluctuate with the harvest season of pili. During harvest time, selling price goes down while at lean months, the selling price soars high.

     Machine was fabricated to shell the pilinut and this will be usefull to shorten the processing time and this can decrease if not eliminate the damage in the kernels. The moisture can also be lowered before storage therby decreasing the tayangawon incidence. 

     Extraction of the oil from pili pulp can be studied further so that the quality can still be improved. It could be included in researches to be conducted by students, researchers and chemists. The oil was tried as massage oil, lotion and as cure to some skin rashes and itchiness. Further studies can be conducted to prove this claim. 

     Since there is distinct months forthe peak harvest of pili, acquisition cost of pili cna be cheap and favorable while selling of products can be timed during lean months. Volume processing is neede if we are to market internationally.

 

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