A two-day workshop aimed at providing the skills to add value to local starch in the sweet potato and cassava value chains has been hailed a success.
The exercise was also aimed at diversifying the market channel and creating a new agri-business in Antigua and Barbuda.
IICA’S National Specialist Craig Thomas said that the initiative benefited twelve (12) women from the Local Caribbean Agriculture Network of Rural Women Producers (CANROP) Group, the Food and Nutrition Department of the Ministry of Education and the Private Sector, to better support their respective organizations utilizing local processed commodities to produce bread.
The aim also was for women to receive training from two facilitators from the Epicurean Supermarket who were trained under the Agriculture Policy Programme (APP) on processing new cassava and sweet potato products which are in high demand in Antigua and Barbuda.
During the workshop, participants learned how to calculate and measure the ratio of local starch (cassava and sweet potato) to flour, food safety measures linked to baking and they were also exposed to a wide selection of the tools and equipment used to produce the end product.
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