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CFOS-IFPT leads CHED-NAFES extension program inception meeting

The Institute of Fish Processing Technology (IFPT) of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), as the lead implementing institution, led the inception meeting of the Commission on Higher Education - National Agriculture and Fisheries Education System (CHED-NAFES) extension program entitled, “Technology Transfer of Improved Dried Products from Low Value Fish Species” at the Conference Room, Umali Hall, CFOS, UP Visayas (UPV), Miagao, Iloilo on September 24-25, 2018.

The extension program is a collaborative work among the four Provincial Institutes of Agriculture and Fisheries (PIAFs) and two National Universities and Colleges of Agriculture and Fisheries as recognized by CHED-NAFES. These include the University of Antique-Tario Lim Campus (UA-TLC), Capiz State University (CapSU), Aklan State University (ASU), Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF), Partido State University (ParSU) and UP Visayas.

The main goal of the extension program is to reduce poverty, promote food security and inclusive growth among fishers through the utilization of low-value fish species. The program focused on improving the quality of dried fish products through the introduction of upgraded drying facility (i.e. enclosed drying area roofed with UV-resistant transparent plastic and fine net to protect the product from rain and insect infestation, and elevated platform for drying).

This drying facility will be made for each PIAF. A training will be conducted by UPV for the PIAFs, which in turn, will train the fisherfolks in their respective areas on the production of the improved dried products. UPV will also assist in the marketing and distribution of the properly packaged and labeled dried products produced by these fisherfolks.

The two-day implementation meeting was attended by the school administrators, faculty, research personnel and accountant officers of the respective collaborating academic institutions.

The meeting was conducted to deliberate important matters on the implementation of the said program. The accounting and auditing procedures were also discussed by the Chief Accounting Officer of UPV, Ms. Jocelyn Genesila.

The extension program is part of the mission of IFPT, which is to undertake public service activities that will enable the Institute to impart their expertise with mentors and users of technologies, as their tagline states, “IFPT, your partner in fisheries”.

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