Innovative versions of squash, pineapple, and sardines were featured in this year’s Organic Food Products Olympics at the Provincial Capitol grounds in Bacolod City yesterday.
The activity is part of the ongoing 14th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival that kicked off Wednesday.
Thirty-six individuals from different towns and cities participated in the food olympics initiated by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist.
Dina Genzola, supervising agriculturist of OPA, said the participants used innovative ways in cooking the three commodities - squash, pineapple, and sardines.
For the squash commodity, the winner in the rural women category was Socorro Abanto of Kabankalan City for her kalabasa sticks, while Nove Almanon of La Castellana won in the farm youth category for her squash churros menu.
For pineapple, Lourdes Pacto of Hinigaran bested the other contestants in the rural women category for her pinya de polvoron while in the farm youth category, Anthony Borbon of Kabankalan City took home the prize for his pineapple doughnut.
For the sardines commodity, Joyce Lopez of Pontevedra won in the rural women category for her sardines embutido, while Kiah Tacadao of Candoni won in the farm youth category for kiah sardines.
The winners went home with P10,000 in cash while the others received P4,000 in consolation prizes, she said.
After the competition, the participants were also trained by the Department of Science and Technology on packaging and labeling as part of its “capability building,” Genzola said.
She added that good packaging and labeling, as a marketing strategy, will attract consumers and they can have higher command of prices for their products.
The DOST also turned over packaging and labeling materials, each worth P10,000, to 30 participants, she added.*
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