To address the post-harvest and food product development needs of local community farmers, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will establish a Smart Food Value Chain Facility and Manufacturing Village with its component Food Pilot and Mobile Testing Laboratories situated in the agricultural lands of the Municipality of Tuburan, Province of Cebu.
A project team site inspection and Memorandum of Agreement signing with its partner, Lamac Multipurpose Cooperative was organized and completed last October 22, 2020 at Barangay Colonia, Municipality of Tuburan, Cebu. The event was led by DOST 7 OIC Regional Director Engr. Samuel Parcon, Asst. Regional Director Engr. Jesus Zamora Jr., DOST Cebu OIC Mr. Bryan Ybanez, Engr. Juan Edgar Osorio, and members of the DOST Cebu Team. The Lamac MPC team was headed by its General Manager Mrs. Maria Elena Limocon and its Coco Hub Manager Mr. Demetrio Repollo.
This Smart Value Chain and Manufacturing Village Facility will bring the much-needed food safety and quality testing facilities and services closer to the people in the countryside and enable the development of significant technologies to provide value on the handling of this produce and its conversion to safe, high quality, value-added products.
The facility is within which all concerned stakeholders develop innovative technologies, processes, and institutions for improving the efficiency of the agricultural value chain. This is done among others by initiating innovative post-harvest technologies along with the first ever on-site mobile food testing laboratory in the province which are appropriate to the conditions of the area and crop grown. These technologies serve twin purposes: the increased quality shelf-life of the product and enhancing accessibility to niche markets that offers higher prices. This will ultimately help improve the economic and livelihood opportunities of the people in the countryside thereby enabling a self-reliant, self-sustaining, highly resilient communities.