P50M PhilMech bio-processing plant to rise in Nueva Ecija
A P50-million state-of-the-art Bio-Processing Research and Development facility will be built by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) in its headquarters in Munoz, Nueva Ecija, which will house its consolidated bio-processing operations.
It will be managed by Dr. Ofer Capariño, chief of the PhilMech Bio-Process Engineering Division.
The facility will enable PhilMech to venture from processing agricultural wastes to raw farm products.
So far, PhilMech has produced pectin from mango peels.
It has researches in producing charcoal briquettes from burned rice straws and discarded cacao husks and making soft drinks, wine and vinegar from drippings or sweating produced from cacao prior to fermenting.
PhilMech is also looking into the potential of discarded rice straws for processing into animal feed, for coconut husks to be made into water filters, and cashew kernels as friction dust for brake linings and clutch facings.