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CLSU agriculture and food technology business incubator kicks off training programs
deejhay | 12/06/2011 09:21:00 AM

Central Luzon State University (CLSU) is all set to provide training in agriculture and food-based industries to micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) as well as agriculture, fi sheries and natural resources students and graduates to enable them to put up income generating projects.

The trainings to be carried out though the university’s agriculture and food technology business incubator (AFTBI) will be on rice, goat, tilapia, onion, mushroom, mango, vegetables and dairy carabao industries. Dr. Ruben C. Sevilleja, CLSU president, said the curricula and training modules have been developed and the training center and facilities are now ready to meet the needs of the would-be entrepreneurs. A P30-M grant given by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology has been used to jumpstart the program. According to Dr. Eduardo G. Marzan, Jr., CLSU vice president for business affairs and AFTBI project leader, the trainees or incubatees will be provided by the AFTBI resources and services through its designated experts from inside and outside CLSU. These include management coaching, preparing an effective business plan, administrative services, technical support, business networking, advising on intellectual property and fi nding sources of fi nancing. The training will also cover processing, packaging and promotion of products with science and technology (S&T) quality/feature. According to Mr. Edgar Santiago, AFTBI manager, in a span of three to fi ve years of incubation, the incubatees shall graduate to become new entrepreneurs equipped with the knowledge and skills to operate their own sustainable business and generate income and employment in their respective localities. The AFTBI which is the fi rst and lone agriculture and food-based TBI in the country now occupies a newly rehabilitated building (formerly the Food Processing Center) with enough offi ce spaces, sensory evaluation room, microbiology and chemistry rooms, lecture rooms, cafeteria, experimental kitchen, storage for ingredients and raw materials, preparation rooms for meat, fi sh, fruits and vegetables, conference room and food processing plant equipped with the latest technology in canning, freezing and drying. Its operation is directly under the University Business Affairs Program’s (UBAP) Comercial Business and Development Offi ce headed by Dr. Francisco D. Cuaresma. The experts involved with the AFTBI have been working collaboratively towards the attainment of its mission of facilitating the transfer of technologies developed by CLSU and other government agencies to identifi ed incubatee and assist them to commercialize and develop S&T based technologies that are competitive in the national and international markets.

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