The Negros Occidental Office of the Provincial Agriculturist held a training session for rural mothers and wives of farmers in a value-adding workshop on cassava processing at the Forest Park in Bacolod City Sept. 8-9.
The cassava program implementers, rural improvement club mothers and agricultural extension workers underwent the training to enhance their entrepreneurial skills in cassava-based processing, Ma. Lina Alayon, OPA provincial cassava focal person, said.
In October, OPA will host the Department of Agriculture-sponsored technical training with LGU participants, she said.
Resource persons were trainees in the first cassava processing skills training, Alayon said, adding that OPA aims to make the recent partakers trainers also in their LGUs and communities.
She said the home-based mothers and RIC members can use what they have learned to have an additional source of income.
The province produces only about 10 tons from every hectare of cassava yearly. Only 800 hectares are cultivated for cassava in the province since it is only used as a rotational crop, she said.*KBC
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