DOST aid revives family noodles venture

CABUGAO, Ilocos Sur, April 1 (PIA) — There was no need for couple Crescencio and Nimia Cabral to work abroad.

Diligence, perseverance and faith in God were all they needed to increase their family income. It also helped that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Ilocos region provided P50,000 worth of product aid for the couple to start up a “miki” (rice noodles) business.

In 2009 after the Cabral couple built a miki production house, the DOST gave a package of aid that would improve their product label and packaging.

The package had included a portable electric noodle machine and a table impulse sealer. Through the DOST’s science and technology center led by Ramon Sumabat, the department also provided trainings on good manufacturing practices courtesy of the department’s food safety team.

The couple noted a 100 percent increase in gross sales following the launch of their new luscious green apple packaging label with the signature name, Nimia’s Miki.

The couple said the portable electric noodle machine reduced the time of dough rolling and cutting by 37.5 percent while the table impulse sealer made sealing fast.

When huge orders came, Crescensio said they hired out-of-school youth in their barangay and made them productive.

Nimia said the government provides help to those who are willing to meet the requirements to start up a business.

She advised residents who wish to have their own business to press on and seek government support.

“It won’t let you fall, as long as you have the will to achieve your dream,” she said. (MCA/PIA1 Ilocos Sur)

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