BINALONAN — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is assisting small industries from barangays Capas and Moreno in this town to increase their productivity and product quality under the agency's Small Enterprise Upgrading Program (Setup).
DOST extended financial assistance to Gandang Ani Enterprises, a rice and corn trading firm being managed by Mrs. Fatima Soriano-Baltazar and her husband located in Barangay Capas, Binalonan, as well as gave technology innovation support for the production process and upgrading of packaging and labeling of Mabuhay Chichacorn in Barangay Moreno, Binalonan.
DOST Regional Director Armando Ganal awarded the financial assistance to the cooperators as part of the agency's Setup.
The agency responded to the needs of Gandangy Ani of a mechanical dryer to minimize losses during rainy season and increase its buying capacity all through the harvest period,
Meanwhile, Mabuhay Chichacorn, owned and managed by Mr. & Mrs. Placido Laroza, the only producer of crunchy corn kernel snacks in the province, was given financial assistance in connection with its desire to upgrade their deep fryer by adopting a more efficient and versatile deep-frying technology and improving the quality of packaging and labeling of the finished products.
With the DOST's Setup, the interventions provided are expected to increase the firms’ productivity and product quality.
Four other firms, namely: R&E Poultry Farm in Laoac, De Roxas Poultry Farm in Villasis, Tabrilla Poultry Farm in Balungao and the Natividad Mushroom Growers Association in Natividad were given financial assistance by DOST to improve the quality and quantity of their products. (PNA)