It’s Swine to Shine: INSPIRE Beneficiaries Mastering Meat Processing Techniques

Thu, 02/29/2024 - 09:58

The Agricultural Training Institute - Regional Training Center 02 (ATI-RTC 02) welcomed 25 farmer cooperatives and association members from Region 02 to a Mastering Meat Processing Techniques held at Malasin, San Mateo, Isabela. The program focused on equipping participants with advanced knowledge and skills in meat processing techniques under the Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion (INSPIRE) project.

The training program covered a wide range of essential topics essential for successful meat processing operations. Participants gained valuable insights into good manufacturing practices (GMP) and food safety standards, including stringent hygiene protocols, proper handling procedures, and effective contamination prevention measures.

In their hands-on experience, they engaged in meat processing techniques guided by an expert. This practical exercise honed their skills in producing skinless longganisa, tocino, burger patties, ham, que-kiam, and nuggets.

During the closing program graced by the presence of Mr. Vladimir Caliguiran, ISS Chief, and on behalf of the OIC Center Director Dr. Claris Marayag-Alaska shared a message. He underscored the significance of the training and its potential to catalyze positive change in the agricultural enterprise for INSPIRE beneficiaries. The activity was made possible with a collaboration with the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 02.

With the agriculture sector being a crucial component of the Philippine economy, initiatives like INSPIRE play a vital role in bolstering productivity and sustainability. By equipping farmers with the necessary skills and knowledge, ATI-RTC 02 contributes to the advancement of the local swine industry.

The training program's effectiveness serves as further evidence of how crucial ongoing education and skill development are to rural communities' ability to grow. Initiatives like INSPIRE, which foster cooperation among government agencies, farmer organizations, and other stakeholders, open doors for innovation and expansion in the agriculture industry.


#Jerome Angel