By Sally R. Villasis
A P1.857-million Natural Fibers Technology Resource Center (NFRTC) at the Aklan State University (ASU) is the first one-stop-information-shop on natural fibers in Region 6.
The NFRTC is a project of ASU in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology VI (DOST VI) with P0.6-million assistance and a counterpart amounting to P1.2-million from the University.
The project aims to support farmers, entrepreneurs, and other enthusiasts who are concentrating on the development, production and promotion of products made from different natural fibers.
The Center features a showroom for natural fibers and fabrics and naturally-dyed products; Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials and on-line information service on natural fibers, natural dye application technologies, market information and global trends.
It also features the conduct of training activities on natural fibers production, processing and natural dye extraction and application; and consultancy services to natural fibers industry key players.
The center will not only conduct studies and researches on piña but also on other fibers like abaca, rattan, nito, bariw and tayok-tayok.
The NFRTC is spearheaded by the Project Leader and College of Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) Dean, Dr. Lelisa J. Teodosio.
According to Dr. Teodosio, everyone is invited, especially the lovers of natural fiber products and would-be entrepreneurs to visit the facility and make use of the available information and services which are being offered by the Center. The Center is housed at the Research and Development Services Office of the University with phone number (036) 267-6569.