The Northern Philippines Root Crops Research & Training Center (NPRCRTC) showcased the different products that can be made out of root crops during the celebration of its 40th anniversary at the NPRCRTC building on March 21, 2017. These products include ube ice cream and cupcakes, camote shakes and lumpia, sweet potato loaf bread, binubudan and potato salad. Anchored on the theme, ““Root & Tuber Crops: For Health, Food, and Industry,” the said exhibit aimed at presenting the importance of root crops to community development, subsequently, inculcating into people’s mind that there is more to these than meets the eye.//Jenny-Joy Nabaysan, Joy Ann Posayen, Daniel Jason Maches (BSU-BSDC interns)
Anchored on the theme, “Root & Tuber Crops: For Health, Food, and Industry,” the Northern Philippines Root Crops Research & Training Center (NPRCRTC) celebrated its 40th anniversary on March 21, 2017.
The event kicked off with a thanksgiving mass celebrated by Fr. Benedict Jason P. Lopez of the San Jose Parish Church of La Trinidad. This was attended by officials and staffs of the NPRCRTC including students from the College of Home Economics and Technology (CHET) and the College of Agriculture (CA).
In his homily, Lopez stressed on the importance of root crops and related it to biblical scenes.
“Root crops signify life, because they grow from the very land that Jesus Christ made to sustain living. In the Cordilleran setting, root crops have been a manifestation of the industry of the people who have been used to tilling the land”, he said.
As part of the celebration, NPRCRTC hosted the Root-based food sale showcasing the different root crops being researched by the center. The food sale featured various products processed from root crops such as ube ice cream, camote lumpia, sweet potato loaf bread, binubudan, ube and camote shake, potato salad and ube cupcakes.
The other colleges were also invited to showcase and sell their products to help in their Income Generating Project (IGP). One of the staff of NPRCRTC also said that the Root-based Food Sale is a way to promote the root crop products.//Jenny Joy Nabaysan, Joy Ann Posayen, UPAO DevCom Interns