PHilMech to develop protocol on chili and onion powder production
The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech) said it is developing a protocol or a process that will guide farmers and interested businessmen to make chili and onion powder.
At present, the Philippines imports almost all of its powdered chili and onion requirements, while the top suppliers of powdered chili in the world are China and India.
In 2016, China’s exports of fresh and processed chili products amounted to $496 million.
PHilMech Bio-Process Engineering Division Chief Ofero Capariño said the agency has tapped a private farm in Batangas, which is into the farming of chili, to develop a protocol or process to produce powdered chili.
He said PHilMech has developed equipment that can be used for the drying chili, adding the other equipment needed for the whole process of producing chili powder can all be locally procured.
“The idea here is to produce high-quality chili powder using local technology and equipment, which will also allow farmers to earn from value-adding,” Capariño said.
Once PHilMech perfects the protocol, small farmers and agribusiness companies can adopt it to produce powdered chili and initially supply the local market.