Nipa brings alternative income to Minalin folks
ASIDE FROM selling chicken eggs and their local catch of fish and prawns, Minalin folks are now venturing into “sukang sasa” or local vinegar production made from the sap of nipa palm for additional income.
Scientific Nypa fruticans, nipa palm is a mangrove species that has traditionally been used for vinegar production in Bulacan and Pampanga, even before the Spaniards set foot on Philippine soil.
“Nipa has been originally cultivated in Minalin to prevent the siltation of the town’s river and to protect its banks from erosion. Little did they know that vinegar production could yet be another promising source of livelihood to local folks,” said Maximo Dichoso of the regional Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here.Read more...