PHilMech highlights cacao in symposium

To heighten awareness on the program and recent developments on cacao mechanization and postharvest technologies, the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) conducted a technical symposium on August 31, 2021.

For this batch, 42 faculty and staff from State Universities and Colleges participated via Zoom.

“The new technologies presented were very helpful and informative. Especially the starter culture part, which would help hasten the fermentation of cacao beans in a very hygienic way together with the stainless steel box. We are looking forward for its commercialization as it would really help us improve our University Cacao Center. We are very grateful that PHilMech organized a symposium like this”, said one of the participants, Christine Flores, faculty staff of Isabela State University.

May Cabral, instructor in Bataan Peninsula State University also said that through the activity, she could now share to her students the knowledge she gained in their cacao processing subject. She also said that the information she has gathered would help in conceptualizing future researches on cacao processing.

PHilMech’s Technology Management and Training Division (TMTD) facilitated the activity, and invited resource persons such as Engr. Edwin Banquerigo, Elijah Davalos, Dr. Romualdo Martinez, Engr. Andres Tuates, Aileen Carriedo, Engr. Jeszel Suligan, Dr. Gigi Calica, and Dr. Emelie Ablaza.

They covered the topics Status of the Cacao Industry, Use of Microbial Control Agents in Managing Pod Rots VSD Disease of Cacao, Enhancing Fermentation of Cacao with Microbial Starter, Drying Technologies for Fermented Cacao Beans, Cacao Processing System and By-Product Utilization, and Economics of Cacao Processing System.

The participants received digital certificates.
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