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Agrarian cooperative now open for business

news reg 1 pix 1 oct. 17 2016TUBA, BENGUET-- The Parasipis Multipurpose Cooperative in at Parasipis, Tabaan Norte, has secured a license to operate from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its vegie chip production on May 3, 2016.

DAR Regional Director Homer Tobias said having a license to operate means “that buyers can be assured that products are of high quality and is safe for consumption.”

Having complied with the rules and regulations and on technical requirements, Tobias explained that the FDA license of allows the cooperative to operate as a manufacturer of snack food products.

According to Tobias, the vegetable chip making started in 2012 when the Parasipis cooperative availed of a grant training on Basic Veggie Chip Making through the DAR- Benguet Municipal office.

“Seeing that there is a market for vegetable snack food and the farmer-members were earning additional income from it, the DAR, through the Village Level Processing Center Enhancement Project (VLPCEP) provided the cooperative with construction materials for their vegie chip production,” Tobias said.

Under the DAR’s Up-Valuing Project, the cooperative underwent various trainings on cooking and packaging that gave birth to the logo and label design of their vegie products.

The FDA license to operate is valid until May 3, 2018, subject to renewal every two years thereafter. (Rino Pellis)


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