Research shows better use for pineapple peel

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Don’t throw that pineapple peel just yet. Research by the Camarines Norte State College was able to produce the pineapple queen (QP) bran that has nutrients and health benefits for native chickens similar to that of the commercial rice bran but is even more affordable.

 

 

 

 

QP peels, eye trimmings, core, and pomace can be processed into a feed supplement called queen pineapple (QP) Bran for native chickens.

 

The research entitled “Development of Various Products from Queen Pineapple Wastes., was done by a group led by Michelle S. Carbonell and project staff, Dr. Sonia S. Carbonell. 

 

Funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST- PCAARRD), this project is one of the components of the program, “Enhancing the Marketability and Quality of Queen Pineapple Wastes,” implemented by the Visayas State University (VSU), CNSC, and the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office V.

 

During the recent program review held at VSU, Baybay, Leyte, Michelle S. Carbonell said that 50 percent QP Bran and 50 percent Rice Bran is a good mix. Initial results of the study showed that this formulation is best for “Camarines strain” native chickens in Camarines Norte. In 30 days, the 150-day-old native chickens fed with 50:50 formulation were as good as those fed with rice bran only, in terms of weight gains, feed consumption, feed cost, and feed conversion ratio.

 

Project leader Michelle S. Carbonell further reported that the five-day old native chicken observed for 30 days and 180 days showed similar performance regardless of the amount of rice bran and QP Bran proportion.

 

As feed supplement, QP Bran can help native chicken growers save more than half the retail price of rice bran per kilogram. QP Bran costs P11 per kilogram, while rice bran costs P25 per kilo.

 

Carbonell also cited that about 40 percent of raw materials such as pulp, peel, eye trimmings go to waste, based from actual data from Labo, Camarines Norte Multipurpose Cooperative. An estimate of as high as P197,600 per hectare per harvest can be generated if these wastes will be processed.

 

Processing QP wastes into bran feed supplement is environment-friendly and a potential venture that will benefit farmers. (With report from Ofelia Domingo, DOST-PCAARRD S &T Media Services)

 

 

 

 

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