Locally known as “utaw”, soybean is now the world’s most important leguminous crop and is now an emerging commodity in the Ilocos region. Hence, DA – RFO 1 through the Research division is continuously making a way to focus in promoting the production, processing, and utilization of soybean.
With the implementation of the project led by Ms. Melinda Calumpit entitled 𝑬𝒏𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑶𝒓𝒈𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒄 𝑺𝒐𝒚𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒏 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒅𝒖𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝑰𝒎𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝑳𝒐𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝑺𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒍𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑼𝒕𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒛𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒊𝒏 𝑹𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝟭 in 2011, the number of farmer adoptors has consistently increased that led to the improved overall production of locally-produced organic soybean that has been proven to be economical and has better quality. It likewise improved the livelihood of the farmers in the region.
Aside from its benefits to the soil because of the presence of bacteria living in the root nodules which is in charge of converting nutrients from the atmosphere and in the soil into available form for plant use, soybean is also a good source of protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, fiber, and other trace substances which is good for the household.
Thus, to capacitate and develop further the interest of farmers in engaging to soybean production and processing, the R&D division conducted a one-day training on the Production Technology and Actual Demonstration of Processing and Utilization of Organic Soybean.
Held at barangay Bolo, Labrador, Pangasinan on May 15, 2019, the training was attended by members of the federated farmers’ organization − People’s Rural Organization for Sustainable Economic and Environmental Development (PROSEED), and farmers and investors from Ilocos region.
The training includes lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on activities on the processing of soya into various products. These soya-based foods include soyamilk, tofu, lumpiang shanghai, patties, taho, chips, soy macaroons, fishball, and coffee. Mr. Elmer Enicola, a researcher from Institute of Plant Breeding-University of the Philippines Los Baños (IPB - UPLB) and program leader of soybean R&D and Ms. Jennilyn Castañeto, national coordinator of soybean R&D of Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) served as resource persons during the training.
Through this activity, the business interest of the participants was developed and two from among the participants have decided to venture on soybean.
Mr. Rhenzy Ungria owns a canteen-based business at Paco, Manila. With the mandatory order of the school management to prohibit soda, he decided to sell soya-based drinks as a replacement. On the otherhand, his brother, Mr. Jojo Ungria, owns a noodle restaurant in San Fabian, Pangasinan and prefers to use tokwa as a garnish to his noodles.
The Ungria brothers ordered 250 kg soybean and both of them will soon be planting soybean for their own raw materials.
In addition, as a way of promoting the commodity and inspiring farmers to become more engrossed in soybean production and processing, other than the provision of planting materials, the DA-RFO I will provide seed inoculant, organic fertilizer, biological control agents, foliar fertilizers or concoctions, and technical assistance.