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FROM THE MANILA TIMES: Cagayan peanut industry gets boost from Growers

Author: DA Press Office | 27 June 2022

TUGUEGARAO CITY: The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) market linkage assistance program is gaining results in the town of Enrile in Cagayan province with Growers Food Industries Enterprises Inc. (Growers).

Known to be the “Peanut Capital of the Philippines,” Enrile town, however, has been on hiatus in supply for more than 40 years, but this time it is going to supply Growers with its locally grown peanuts.

Romeo Panopio 2nd, Processed Fruits and Nuts (PFN) DTI Region 2 focal person, has facilitated the market linkage, as well as the laboratory analysis, coordination and delivery of 1 ton, shelled peanuts to Growers.

The DTI Cagayan through its provincial PFN focal person Maricris Galinggana provided the logistics for activity in partnership with the Provincial Government of Cagayan through Gov. Manuel Mamba.

Panopio said they reached the doorsteps of Growers earlier this month and it was an off-shoot of the webinar on Business Opportunities in the Peanut Industry conducted by the Industry Development Division or IDD of DTI Region 2 in October 2021.

According to the DTI, the GFIEI is a local Filipino company that is well-known for the Growers brand, which offers a wide range of nut-based snacks that include cashews, almonds, pili nuts and peanuts.

The DTI said Growers’ products are exported to North America, the Middle East, Europe and other Asian countries.

Kynan Shu Too, Growers president, said that most of their raw materials are imported, which provides a huge opportunity for the region to supply more peanuts to the company.

Shu Too expressed his hope for more peanut supplies from Cagayan Valley in order to assist more farmers in Region 2, which comprises the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and the island province of Batanes.

Meanwhile, the DTI Region 2, headed by Director Leah Pulido Ocampo, said it will convene the peanut farmers from Enrile town as well as Alcala town in Cagayan for the succeeding batches of sustainable peanut supply to Growers.


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