Jill Marie Dela Cruz – NABEFA plant manager, delivers her message after receiving the Innovation Award – Small Scale Category

NABEFA plant manager with the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) evaluators and DOST 7 / PSTC Negros Oriental personnel

A farmer’s group in Bayawan City is the latest recipient of KABALIKAT innovation award from the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI)  in a ceremony held in Makati City recently.

The Nangka Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Farmers’ Association (NABEFA), received the innovation award in the small-scale category during the awarding ceremony held on July 27, 2018 at the Dusit Thani Manila Hotel, Ayala Center, Makati City.

KABALIKAT is an acronym for Kabalikat ng Lipunan sa Kalusugang pang-Nutrisyon at Teknolohiya. The award aims to recognize outstanding technology adoptors that produce complementary food products for the feeding programs in malnutrition reduction program (MRP) areas in collaboration with DOST-FNRI and local government units.

NABEFA received a cash prize of P100,000 and a plaque of recognition. The association stands out this year as socially responsible partner for its small-scale innovations in formulating new products, compliance with mandatory requirements, laboratory analysis of products, as well as excellent management and marketing practices. Members have undergone various industry-related trainings including trainings on Good Manufacturing Practices and laboratory analysis.

As technology adoptor, the firm produces innovated community-based Rice-Mongo (BigMo) complementary food blends and curls for the continuing feeding programs of the city government of Bayawan City and other private organizations in MRP areas where malnutrition is prevalent. NABEFA’s processing plant is located in Sitio Canalum, Brgy. Nangka.

NABEFA started off with a membership of 22 farmer-beneficiaries and has since increased its labor force to 81 members whose labor organization was later duly registered with the Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE).

With the acquisition of a lot for its place of business, NABEFA received funding assistance from various government institutions for seed capital, construction of a processing facility and production equipment such as the curl extruder, mixer/tumbler, grinder and sealer.

written by: Licinio Gingoyon