RESEARCHERS DEVELOP LOW-SALT MUSSEL SAUCE
A PROJECT by the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) has developed a lowsalt mussel sauce. The project, led by Ernestina M. Peralta of UP Visayas Institute of Fish Processing Technology, is funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOSTPCAARRD).
Green mussel ( tahong) is abundant in the country and is considered as an important
But if you have to borrow from the bank, borrow only 30% of the needed capital.
Jess also suggested that you “borrow long and invest short”. What does that mean? Don’t borrow money that you should pay in one year. You ask for a longer time to pay, say five years. That will give you enough time to earn money from your project to pay your loan. How about “invest short’? What does that mean? Well, you should use the borrowed money to produce crops or any other farm produce that will bring the flavor of food. farming commodity in many coastal areas. Mussel farming requires less input and capital compared with other aquaculture activities such as fish cages and pens, making it a preferred backyard project of fisherfolks.
Mussel can be an alternative raw material in producing self-fermented sauce. It is high in protein, amino acids, zinc, calcium, and iron. Moreover, it is low in fat, cholesterol, and calories.
The low-salt fermented mussel sauce is a natural food ingredient and condiment and can improve protein digestibility as well as
in revenue in the shortest possible time. Just like if you plant Japanese cucumber that is harvestable in 45 days and you have the market for it, you would be able to have an early cash flow so you can amortize your loan on time.
Well, I didn’t advise the couple to go into tree planting because that will not give them revenue in the short term. They will have to spend money in establishing the tree plantation and that will take years before they could make their first harvest.
By the way, Jess Domingo retired from his corporate executive job at 55 to pursue his passion for farming. He owns Rancho Domingo in Alfonso Lista, Ifugao where he practices natural farming. –ZAC B. SARIAN
Domingo lecturing at the Agribiz Kapihan.
Domingo is an agribusiness expert who manages his 100-hectare ranch in Alfonso Lista, Ifugao, practicing natural farming.