BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (PIA) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with the local government units are promoting the use of tomato products for livelihood business among Novo Vizcayanos.
DTI Provincial Director Henry Conel, Jr. said tomato which is an abundant product of farmers in Nueva Vizcaya are potential materials for various processed products.
“The supply of tomatoes are very much abundant in Nueva Vizcaya. They are even wasted during its peak season and when the prices are low,” he said.
Conel said they have introduced tomato processing in various local government units to encourage and empower various sectors to venture into food processing using the product.
In Bambang town, the DTI has offered skills training on food processing Person With Disabailities (PWDs), women entrepreneurs, youth and members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
The training, attended by 45 participants which was conducted at the Bambang Integrated Agro-Tourism and Learning Site (BIATALS) in barangay San Antonio South elated Mayor Pepito Balgos.
“This is a timely training for our villager considering the need for a viable source of income to support their families especially at this time of COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Balgos said the livelihood training will also help farmers who are suffering from the tomato glut.
In Solano town, Mayor Eufemia Dacayo also hailed the DTI for providing a food processing training for their 37 villagers composed of women, PWDs and 4Ps members.
She said the training which was held at town’s Pasalubong Center Building will empower the participants as Micro Small & Medium Entrepreneurs (MSMEs).
“They will become a contributor to our economic development and progress as a municipality,” Dacayo said.
DTI officials said the participants were taught on processing of tomato salsa, tomato jam, tomato candies, and dried tomato products. (MDCT/BME/PIA Nueva Vizcaya)