Tarlac’s first completed PRDP infrastructure to support production of dried sweet potato chips
A processing center and storage facility with solar dryer has now finished construction in Barangay Ablang Sapang, Moncada, Tarlac, as part of the province’s proposed enterprise supporting sweet potato.
The intervention is funded and implemented under the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) and will benefit the 179 farmer-members of the Sapang Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
The warehouse and storage facility will serve as a site for consolidating, chipping, drying, and storing dried sweet potato chips. It will also house equipment such as chipping machinery and mechanical dryer during the rainy season.
Meanwhile, the multi-purpose drying pavement will be used hand in hand with the mechanical dryer to dry chipped sweet potatoes.
Sweet potato is eyed as a commodity gaining an increased role in rural development as raw material for many industrial applications.
The enterprise will make money by selling the consolidated chips to San Miguel Foods, Inc. as a more economical alternative ingredient for aquaculture and livestock feeds.