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Papua New Guinea

Food processing skills are important

Why buy jam from the shops when you can make your own? Your own jam made from fruits from your garden.
Thirty participants, including women from the Wafi-Golpu Project footprint area, received this challenge from the facilitators from a two-day food processing training program at the National Agriculture Research Institute recently.
With the issue of food security becoming a major issue in a rapidly changing environment shaped by elements and risks posed by the climate change phenomenon, food processing not only makes good business sense but is also vital for safe storage of local produce.
Facilitated by NARI’s post-harvest and processing team, the women were taken through how to make pawpaw and pineapple jam to spread on the bread baked from flour made from sweet potato and cassava and/or as dips for the banana and kaukau chips which they were also taught how to make.
Co-facilitator Bafinu Baine explained that the training programs were designed to show participants that the harvest from their gardens and fruit left over from their market sales can be processed and stored.
He said pawpaw and pineapple that people grow in their gardens can be processed. Once harvested, it takes days before the fruit goes bad. However, he told participants that they can turn their fruit into jam to use as a spread or even sell to make money.
“Preserving and managing food are essential skills for families to have and these mothers are realising that they can store food better,” he said.
Sangeng Yakobus from Kapunung village in the Lower Watut said she learnt new skills about making food last longer.
“Mi lainim planti samting we bai mi karim displa save go long ples bilong mipela na lainim ol pipol bilong mipela (I learnt a lot of skills and we will take these skills home to teach our people how to process foods and preserve them),” Sangeng said.
Gender and community development coordinator Grace Samuel said WGJV will continue to support women’s development programs in the region.
“We have a strong focus on agriculture and empowering our communities, especially the women, so that they can have food security and the skills necessary to look after their families.
“With the skills you have now from this second course on food processing, you can make products like jam which is sought after by families and even businesses. We want to see you succeed,” Ms Samuel said.
NARI director information and knowledge Dr Sim Sar encouraged the participants to use the skills gained in the course to enrich their lives and provide better, healthier foods for their families.
NARI’s post-harvest and processing team travel out to farmers throughout the country to provide training on food security. Part of the training is teaching communities to turn their sweet potato, cassava, banana, taro and yam into flour. The flour can be used for baking cup cakes, cakes and other bread and pastry products.

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