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Thursday, 27 June 2019 00:37

A Mulberry Tea factory rises on PSAU campus

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The building for the Mulberry Tea factory with a construction cost of P3,947,462.55 is the University counterpart to the joint PSAU-JICA-Kuwanosato, Inc. project entitled “Verification Survey with the Private Sector for Disseminating Japanese Technologies for Mulberry Tea Project in Pampanga.” Kuwanosato, Inc., a Japan-based company, is the source of technology on mulberry leaf tea production and will assist in the marketing of the commodity while the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) provided a grant of US$1,000,000 for the purchase and installation of needed factory machineries and equipment which include a raw leaves cutter, leaves dispenser, boiler, steamer, cooler, net conveyor, primary drying tea rollers, furnaces, vibratory conveyors, bucket conveyors, dryers, vacuum packaging machine, centralized control devices and cabinet panel. The top photo inset shows that the officials and staff are all appreciative of the progress status of the project after their ocular inspection of the facility on June 11, 2019, namely (from left to right): Mr. Yasunobu Kudo (President, Task Co. Ltd.), Mr. Yokogawa Aisaku (Japanese/English/Filipino Interpreter), Dr. Norman G. De Jesus (Director, Alternative Low Input Agriculture System), Mr. Seong Min Han (Kuwanosato, Inc. President), Dr. Honorio M. Soriano, Jr. (PSAU President), Mr. Mamoru Patrick Hatano (Extension/Food Sanitation Expert, Task Co. Ltd.) and Dr. Rogelio D. Cosio (Vice President for Planning, Innovation, Linkaging, Land and Agroecological Resources for Development). Task Co. Ltd. serves as a JICA Consultant for the project implementation. (RDCosio)

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