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Fishermen’s revenue will be increased by PSTC Leyte’s sardine processing.

The Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Leyte will assist fishermen in establishing a sardine processing factory in the municipality of Hilongos to help them increase their revenue.

The PSTC would donate PHP900,000 to the local government of Hilongos for the purchase of food processing machinery and train at least five employees on food safety and good manufacturing practices (GMP).

It will also create a processing facility plan that complies with GMP standards.

“The project intends to give fishermen who are a part of the Matapay Young Fishers Society an alternate source of income (MYFS). Their primary source of revenue is fishing. Their primary catch is tamban barunday “Director of PSTC Leyte John Glenn Ocana stated in a Tuesday interview.

According to him, the organization has 69 members and sells 6,000 to 10,000 kg of fish annually.

Ocana stated that the project is anticipated to enhance the group’s income by at least 50%. The group currently sells tamban (sardinella) for PHP10 per kg.

According to him, the project would start this quarter and be finished by the second quarter of 2023.

Ocana, meanwhile, claimed that the MYFS was selected as the project’s beneficiary by the Hilongos local government due to the latter’s commitment to seeing it through as well as the availability of raw materials.

“The project will be implemented and successfully completed by the local administration. It will offer the necessary infrastructure to serve as a processing plant, “He continued by saying that the neighborhood administration will support MYFS financially and aid the organization in marketing its goods.

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