By: Demee Angelica S. Ludia
Last February 22-24 and 26, more than 200 mushroom growers from UMALALAY (Ugnayan ng mga Magkakabute sa Laguna para sa iisang Layunin), mushroom enthusiasts from different parts of the country, and training experts from Department of Science and Technology- Provincial Science and Technology Center Laguna (DOST-PSTC) and Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) San Pablo, Siniloan, and Sta. Cruz campuses came together for a series of training on Mushroom Processing.
The four-day seminar-training was jampacked with topics like Good Manufacturing Practices, Mandatory Packaging and Labelling Requirements, Processing of Mushroom Flour, Canton Noodles, and Pasta Production, and Packaging of Mushroom Products like Shanghai, Siomai, Patty, Sisig, Crispy Mushroom Chips, Tocino, and Tapa.
As per UMALALAY, this seminar-training primarily targeted for its members, aims to help enhance the processing capability of their small-scale mushroom grower-members and eventually enable them to produce marketable products. UMALALAY further added that this seminar-training is also in preparation for their group’s participation in the forthcoming Food Festival on mushroom products to be sponsored by the Office of the Governor, Province of Laguna.
During the seminar-training, mushroom growers were given a platform to learn from experts in the fields of food safety, packaging, and mushroom processing through lectures, demo videos, and question and answer portions. DOST-PSTC Laguna’s Provincial Director, Engr. Samuel Caperiña in his opening remarks said that the industry of mushroom growing and processing has long been existent in the province. He further mentioned of his hope that this series of seminar-trainings be instrumental in sparking the fire to grow and develop further this industry especially Laguna. Ms. Emelita P. Bagsit, DOST-CALABARZON’s OIC Regional Director, formally closed the seminar-training and mentioned DOST’s capability to help mushroom growers in their equipment needs through the CALABARZON Food Solutions Hub (C-FoSH), and other laboratories within the region.
The DOST-CALABARZON through its provincial offices continues to provide avenues for learning and development in this new normal. Just like UMALALAY, DOST is open to help people’s organizations and MSMEs in their seminar-training needs. For more information, send a message to DOST through fb.com/dostcalabarzon.