The conversion of agricultural products to ethyl alcohol is a welcome development in the industry especially now that we are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Science and Technology Region 2 (DOST-R02) supported the initiative of the Nueva Vizcaya State University in 2020 through the project entitled, "Development of a Unique Processing Facility for the Conversion of Agricultural Products to Ethyl Alcohol.”
Through the leadership of Dr. Lori Shayne A. Busa, NVSU is now producing ethyl alcohol from agricultural materials such as corn, rice, and molasses on a lab scale. The locally produced ethyl alcohol named Valley Alcocare is a good alternative to branded alcohols and its mass production will lessen our dependence on imported alcohols from other regions and countries.
Last May 31, 2021, Dr. Busa and her team demonstrated the production of Valley Alcocare at the NVSU Analytical Building. During the demonstration, the preparation of raw materials, pre-treatments, sterilization, fermentation, distillation, and packing were showcased by the project team. The activity was supervised by Dr. Wilfredo A. Dumale, Jr., the Vice President for Research, Extension and Training, NVSU and was participated by Mr. Rommel Simbol, Science Research Specialist II, and Ms. Rowena Daang, Project Assistant of the Provincial Science and Technology Center Nueva Vizcaya. #RET