Have you ever wondered how you can reach financial freedom in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic? 

If you are out of a job or desiring to leave one and feeling cooped up at home, there is a flavorful, easy way out. 

Let the Department of Science and Technology-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) teach you 55 simple and cheap ways to prepare meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables. Those with excess physical energy can learn more from 14 machine-based technologies. 

DOST-ITDI presents the "Kitang-Kita Na sa Series that offers would-be entrepreneurs some useful tools and skills on food processing.

Below is #11 on Calamansi Processing. 

Calamansi Processing, earn a healthy way


DOST-ITDI, as a prime mover in developing technologies and solutions that support the growth of industries, also provides for every “Juan” and “Juana” a source of livelihood that is reasonably affordable. 

These technologies are simple, adaptable, and useful in any situation, be it normal times or trying times like during disasters and the current pandemic.

Calamansi is a widely grown citrus in the country. It is primarily used for its juice, however, the rest of its parts such as seeds, pulp and peel just end up in waste. 

With research and development, DOST-ITDI found ways to convert these wastes into useful and valuable consumable items.  

Often discarded as waste, its seeds can now be made into a jelly spread. The essential oil that can be extracted using hydro steam distillation from its rind can be converted into flavoring agent in candies, jellies, and marshmallows. The juice can be processed into nectar, a natural fruit juice to replace the synthetic juice drinks found in the market. On the other hand, the extracts of pectin can be used as a setting agent for jams and jellies. Lastly, its nectar can last for six months.


By processing these materials into usable products, farmers can maximize their income while reducing waste. They can also reduce losses by 22 to 44 percent per kaing during peak harvest season that otherwise are lost due to rotting, insufficient means of transport, and minimal marketing facilities.


"Kitang-kita Na sa Series of ITDI" is an online reading material for those interested to earn while at home. It can be accessed at TlNiRFd2Y3M.  


Other aspiring entrepreneurs can request for online techno demonstration of technologies included in the series. For particulars, write to Nelia Elisa C. Florendo, Chief Science Research Specialist, Technological Services Division, Industrial Technology Development Institute, DOST Complex, Bicutan, Taguig City 1631, Metro Manila or call telephone number (02) 8837-2071 Local 2265. (DDGotis\\ITDI S&T Media Service)

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