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Dept Chem, CAS holds technical briefing on cassava in Aklan

Upon the invitation of Ms. Charmae Antipatia, the Cassava Focal Person of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 6, the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas conducted a public service activity on 14 June 2016 at the Kusinasa Kalibo in Kalibo, Aklan. The purpose of the public service activity was to give technical briefing to focal persons for cassava in Aklan province.

The participants were composed of 18 focal persons for cassava from the different municipalities of Aklan headed by Ms. Flordeliza Cortes, Provincial Corn Coordinator of DA-Aklan. To address issues and concerns on cassava and corn more effectively, the two commodities are lumped together in the Department of Agriculture.

A brief talk about cassava varieties, cynogenesis, acute and chronic effects of cyanide in the human body, and a way of determining cassava cyanide using the Color Wheel Test Kit was given by Dr. Vivian Azucena-Topor, Project Leader in the development of the Cassava Cyanide Color Wheel Test Kit. The said test kit was developed through the funding assistance of the UPV Foundation, Incorporated and the CAS Department of Chemistry.

Topor then demonstrated to the cassava focal persons how to determine the cyanide content using the Cassava Cyanide Color Wheel Test Kit. It was followed immediately by a hands-on training of the cassava focal persons using samples collected from Iloilo Province.

At the end of the activity, the CAS Department of Chemistry thru Topor donated four test kits for the use of Aklan Province, which was represented by Cortes. (By: Anthony Salvador B. Albaladejo and Enrique N. Legaspi III)

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