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IFPT-CFOS-UPV conducts training on utilization of crab shells

The Institute of Fish Processing Technology, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of the Philippines (IFPT-CFOS-UPV) conducted training on the utilization of blue swimming crab shells with Ms. Rosana Alama and Ms. Mary Ann Serrano as Resource Persons on October 15-16, 2018 at the Capiz State University, Dayao Campus in Roxas City, Capiz.

The training was requested by Community Resource Management of the Capiz Agriculture Office (CRM-CAO) headed by Ms. Belinda Garrido as the CRM Coordinator and was specifically designed for the members of the Katilingban sang Gapangasag sa Punta Barra (KASAGAP). The local government unit of Roxas City represented by CRM-CAO has allotted budget for this training in order to reduce the accumulation of crab shells as wastes from the various picking stations in the vicinity of Punta Barra.

Twenty (20) female members who were wives and children of KASAGAP male members attended the training. Based on their understanding, it is estimated that about 4.5 tons of crab shells a month are collected by one of their members who is paid for the job of disposing crab shells from the picking stations. These wastes are disposed by excavating a portion of the land in the vicinity.

Ms. Alama presented the benefits of utilizing blue crabs which include product development, feeds and fertilizers, among others, as well as the associated food safety concerns.

Ms. Serrano, on the other hand, shared her insights on the utilization of by-product wastes of the seafood processing industry and the potential markets of the crab shells. The trainees were given hands-on training on the preparation of crab shells and make it as a food additive to snack foods like crab shells polvoron and crab shell-flavored cracker. They were also given workshops on sensory evaluation and cost analysis of their products.

As gathered from the training evaluation which was done before the closing program, the participants orally signified that the training was useful in such a way that their increasing crab shell wastes can be a source of potential income for their purpose and that they can also help in the environmental waste reduction in their area.

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