December 1, 2017 (excerpt from Mindanao Daily Mirror)
Sugar processed from nipa is steadily becoming a favorite among local consumers, according to a veteran enterprise development specialist. Tony Peralta who helped shepherd an infantile processing project in Surigao del Sur into one that now produces nipa sugar, says that “with today’s populations becoming more and more health conscious, it is gratifying that we have viable alternatives for our daily sweetened intakes.
Peralta was referring to a sugar product organically produced by the Sitio Winemakers Association (SIWA) farmer participants in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur. His team, members of the Foundation for Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (FREEDOM Inc.), has been providing trainings on harvesting, processing, and packaging nipa palm sugar for the farmers’ association since last year.