"In the project site, while many people use various weed species as forage for animals, ingenious farmers surprisingly explored promising potential uses of seagrass," said BIARC manager Luz Marcelino.
Thus, to further develop the seagrass enterprise, BIARC implemented a project aimed at providing opportunities for rural employment, increasing family income and empowering communities through the development of an agri-business enterprise.
Even after the project has ended, BIARC continued its efforts in upscaling and expanding the seagrass craft industry in Camarines Sur.
In line with the Indigenous Plant for Health and Wellness Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA), BIARC, in collaboration with the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), embarked on the project, Collection, Propagation Techniques of Indigenous Herbs, Spices and Medicinal Plants and Establishment of Demo Nursery .
As part of the postharvest processing activities, BIARC through its Product Development Unit developed suitable drying, dehydration, and powdering techniques for the local use of the herbs and spices.