FNRI exhorts local
entrepreneurs to adopt commercialization of complementary food and
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
October 7, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY –
The Foods and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of
Science and Technology called on the local businessmen and would-be
entrepreneurs to adopt the FNRI-developed complementary food and
Ms. Ma. Susana Encarnacion,
FNRI’s senior science research specialist, made the call during the
Nutricomnet media interaction held recently at the Philippine
Information Agency Regional Office in Eastern Visayas.
By adopting the FNRI
developed complementary food and nutrition technologies, the local
entrepreneurs will not only ensure profit but also help alleviate the
malnutrition problem in the country, Ms. Encarnacion said.
Encarnacion told the local
media that FNRI has developed a wide variety of complementary food
blends and snack foods called “Bigmo,” which was derived from bigas
(rice) and monggo (mung bean).
“We have Bigmo Rice-Mongo
Instant Blend and ready-to-cook Rice-Mongo-Sesame Blend for infants 6
to 12 months old. For older children, we have the Bigmo Rice Mongo
Curls, a crispy, ready-to-eat snack rich in protein (2.4 g per serving
of 20 g) and energy (94 g per serving of 20 g),” she said.
The complementary foods were
developed to reduce the prevalence of malnutrition among targeted
underweight 6-35 months old children.
The FNRI-DOST intervention
program have so far benefited the children in the pilot areas of
Tibiao, Barbaza and Tobias-Fornier in Antique; Paluan, Abra de Ilog
and Calintaan in Occidental Mindoro; Mahaplag and Pastrana in Leyte;
and Estancia, Balasan and San Dionisio in Iloilo.
Encarnacion said that
interested entrepreneurs will only have to invest about P5 million for
the purchase of several equipment such as imported twin screw extruder
that could produce curls of different shapes at a speed of 80 grams
(g) per hour, moisture analyser, electric dryer, octagonal mixer,
weighing scale, mixer, impulse sealer and auto pack machine.
The capitalization will
lessen with the purchase of a cheaper and locally fabricated extruder
that costs only P1.5 million. The machine could produce one shape of
curls and automatically packs the product in singles.
Encarnacion further said
that the monthly production capacity of 250,000 packs of Bigmo curls
at 20 grams per pack would require 133,000 kilograms (kg) of rice;
84,000 kg of mung bean; 2,170 kg of flavoring; and 2,170 kg of cooking
The interested entrepreneurs
are entitled to FNRI technical support that includes the layout of the
production area, hands-on training on the processing technology,
technology-transfer document, and basics on good manufacturing
In order to maintain its
standards and strict quality control, FNRI has prepared a recommended
layout and a process flow for the Bigmo curls processing plant.
To reach optimum nutrition
for all Filipinos, FNRI is also developing other baby food
combinations such as cowpea-banana, mung bean-camote (sweet
potato)-sesame, germinated rice-mung bean, germinated rice-cowpea and
other new flavor combinations.
According to the FNRI,
under-nutrition remains to be a public health problem among 0-5 year
old children. Two in every 10 Filipino children aged 0-5 years are
underweight-for-age and three in every 10 are under-height-for-age or
These foods address concerns
on how to feed babies six months old and onward when their nutritional
needs are rapidly growing, vulnerable to malnutrition and infection,
and irreversible long-term physical and mental damage, Encarnacion
Commercialization and Transfer where food technologies and nutrition
technologies are diffused and communicated to relevant users:
individuals, communities, institutions and small to large scale
entrepreneurs for adoption and commercialization of technologies, is
among FNRI’s several frontline technical services to the public.