Ilocos Sur Tomato Paste Plant, Re-opened

Mabilbila Sur, Santa- Ilocos Sur Tomato Paste Plant this town was formally re-opened on April 7, 2011 after its rehabilitation and production of tomato paste already started in the said plant.

Tomatoes are being washed before putting it in the machine that will turn it into tomato paste. (Dante Tacata)

According to Plant Operations Manager Engr. Madeline Arce, ISTPP is already producing 300 metric tons of tomato paste everyday by processing 10-12 tons of fresh tomatoes using their machineries that can process 5,000-6,000 metric tons capacity.

Arce reported that about 280 hectares were planted with tomato in which the source of their raw materials in ISTTP. They are eyeing 800-1,000 hectares to be planted next tomato season.

“Planting tomato can be a good source of income for the farmers. If farmers follow the technologies, one can profit a minimum of P70,000 in every hectare planted” Arce said.

Gov. Chavit Singson and Czech Ambassador Josef Richtar cut the ribbon during the re-opening of Ilocos Sur Tomato Paste Plant. (Dante Tacata)

The operations manager also guaranteed that the tomatoes of the farmers will be paid instantly.

Gov. Chavit Singson said that the plant will run a different system from its previous opening in 1998 as NS International, an Italian Firm will be the one to manage ISTPP.

“NS International will provide all the needs of the plant including its production and management. Profit sharing will be 55% for the province and 45% for NS International” the governor explicated.

Singson also explained why it took some time before ISTPP re-opened.

“Several private companies came and showed interest to lease the plant but I choose the best offer so that our farmers will be the one benefited with the project. The products of the farmers should be bought in a competitive price” Singson said. (Mancielito S. Tacadena)

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