By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA, Ilocos Sur
VIGAN CITY, June 5 (PIA) — The local government of Sinait has introduced the production of five by-products from garlic crop to increase its demand in the local market
Sinait Agricultural Technologist Reginald Yadao said that that this initiative was spearheaded by the local government for the farmers to ease the effect of the unstable market prices of garlic produced from the town.
“We identified five proven lucrative products out from garlic suitable for production by our farmers, these include garlic powder; garlic chips; garlic flakes; garlic pickles; and garlic pulvoron,” Yadao said.
He said that the initial production of these products have been recommended to the farmers during the abundance of locally-produced garlic which normally have lower buying prices in the public market.
“Initially, we sell the five garlic products we made during local trade fairs in which a garlic powder has a buying price of P900 per kilogram; garlic chips and garlic flakes, P50 per pack; garlic pickles, P60 per bottle; and garlic pulvoron, P5 per piece,” he said.
“Our garlic powder is an excellent material for seasoning while the other products are delicious with medicinal and therapeutic values,” he added.
Yadao said that with the initial success of production and marketing of these garlic products, the farmers through the Sinait Garlic Center of the North Producers Cooperative Incorporated (SGCNPCI) is preparing for its commercialization.
He said that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 1 gave assistance amounting to P200,000 to local garlic growers for the purchase of processing equipment, which will be used for separating garlic, filling garlic, and slicing garlic.
“The amount was turned-over to the municipal treasury as trust fund for the SGCNPCI. We are now awaiting the lifting of the election ban so we can conduct bidding for the purchase of the garlic processing equipment,” Yadao said.
“The equipment, which will be given to the members of the SGCNPCI for its operation, will be utilized to hasten the processing of the garlic’s by-products,” he added.
Meanwhile, the local government headed by Mayor Marlon Ines entered into an agreement with the Jollibee Foundation to establish a ready market of garlic and its by-products.
Garlic is the “one town-one product” (OTOP) of Sinait, which is known as the “Garlic Center of the North.” (VHS/FGL/PIA-1 Ilocos Sur)#