Seaweed farmers get projects from DTI-A A +A
Thursday, May 1, 2014
TWO farmers’ association engaged in seaweed farming were the latest beneficiaries of the shared service facility (SSF) projects of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Zamboanga City.
DTI Provincial Director Rolando Acuña said the beneficiaries of the SSF projects, which are in the form of stilt dryers, are the seaweed farmers in the village of Dita and Manicahan.
Acuña said the establishment of the projects addresses not only the concerns of the seaweed growers for drying facilities but was also meant to ensure that the raw dried seaweeds they produce are free from dirt and impurities.
“When you dry seaweeds along the sides of highways or on bare ground, naturally you get sand, gravel, and dirt mixed in with the product,” Acuña noted.
“It also takes longer to dry using such kind of method. Hence, these projects because we want the farmers not only to produce more, we want them to produce products that are of such grade high enough to muster standards demanded by domestic and international markets,” Acuña added.
He said the locations of the seaweed dryers are easily accessible to the farmers and not prone to destructive storm or tidal surges.
The projects also followed the simple traditional design with flooring of bamboo slats mounted on reinforced concrete posts for durability, he said.
The dryers would last for years of use by the farmers with proper maintenance, he added. (Bong Garcia)