BACOLOD City – The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) urged food enterprises in Negros Occidental to adopt food technologies to help reduce the prevalence of malnutrition.
Science Research Specialist II Salvador Serrano, who spoke at the Nutrition Communication Network (Nutricomnet) Monitoring and Media Forum at the Sugar Workers Development Center here on May 18, 2017, said they were looking for interested enterprise-adopters of technologies for production of various food products.
These food technologies positioned to boost the nutritional status of the Filipinos include production of dairy products, fortified foods, stabilized brown rice, complementary foods, food for disaster and calamity, and squash supplemented foods.
To become sustainable, food technologies should also be used in the provinces to ensure local supply, instead of only sourcing it out in Metro Manila.
“It is best to train individuals in the province, who are into business and enterprising, for production to become cost-effective and efficient,” Serrano said, adding that aside from contributing to promotion of better nutrition among Negrenses, enterprises could also help generate more local jobs.
Currently, the Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation (NVCF) based in Barangay Tangub in this city is the only organization in the province adopting FNRI’s food technology project.
Negros Occidental is a very large province thus, the FNRI has recognized the need for enterprises outside Bacolod City to adopt the measure to supply activities like feeding program in the areas with nutritious food products.
The FNRI said local enterprises may also utilize the province’s organic and non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) produce, which are better than imported commodities.
Interested enterprises may also avail of the DOST’s Innovation System Support Fund (ISSF) through its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET UP), it added.
Moreover, the FNRI is currently stepping up its efforts to further promote “Pinggang Pinoy” food guide for Filipinos of different age groups intended to complement and supplement the Dietary Nutrition Guide Pyramid on a per-meal basis.
The development of “Pinggang Pinoy” was catalyzed by the need to support the government’s drive to attain zero malnutrition.
Serrano said the agency was utilizing the Nutricomnet to continue raising awareness on the campaign to have a well-nourished nation.
“Through the Nutricomnet, the key information officers and media partners collaborate on multiplying the information until it reaches the household level,” he added. (EPN/PNA)