Bayombong – A total of 22 aspiring entrepreneurs from the Banila Agroforest Development Incorporated (BADI) completed the skills training on mushroom processing held last September 14-15, 2017 at the BADI Office, Barangay Banila, Dupax del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya.

The project is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to boost the agro-based industries in the country and to provide livelihood opportunities to selected beneficiaries. JICA initiated the said project in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Trade and Industry –Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Office.

Ms. Marrieta G. Saet, TESDA accredited food trainor, was the resource speaker for the said activity. She discussed the opportunities on mushroom processing and demonstrated the actual processing of mushrooms, from raw material selection to packaging.

Participants were taught to make mushroom-based products such as dinakdakan, burger patty, shanghai, siomai, embutido, tempura, pickles and dried mushroom.

During the activity, some business and marketing inputs were shared by Ms. Analyn I. Baniqued, Business Counsellor-Dupax del Sur Negosyo Center which guided the participants on the management aspects of their livelihood activities.

“The importance of the project initiative is to provide opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs in the province. This would provide viable jobs to constituents of Dupax del Sur and will improve their local economic status”, said DTI Nueva Vizcaya OIC Provincial Director Henry O. Conel Jr.

“Maganda po ang mga ganitong klase na programa dahil nakakatulong po ito sa dagdag kita or opportunidad na kumita. Salamat po!!”, an aspiring entrepreneur-participant said.

The members of the Banila Agroforest Development Incorporated (BADI) is optimistic to their new found skills learned during the two-day training.