Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) launched a Kingkang Marmalade training course on March 3rd at TTM Training Center in Nekken, Aimeliik State. The course was organized at the request of Hon. Baklai Temengil-Chilton, Minister of Community & Cultural Affairs (MCCA), and the guidance of the Taiwan Embassy to enhance the awareness and know-how of making healthy products from locally produced fruits.

[restrict] The course was presented by Jamie Chen, TTM Specialist, with guest speaker Wei-Li Lin, Program Coordinator of Taiwan’s Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital, to provide nutritional value of local fruits, as well as the knowledge of healthy diets.

As kingkang is widely grown in Palau and one way to preserve it efficiently is to make marmalade. Key ingredients in the making of marmalade are kingkang, lemon, sugar and plant extracted pectin. Minister Temengil-Chilton and other course attendants enjoyed making marmalade themselves and learned useful and simple techniques to make kingkang marmalade at home. At the end of the course, TTM Team Leader David Huang presented final products as gifts to Minister and all the participants.

TTM has been dedicated in assisting agricultural development in Palau for more than three decades since its establishment in 1984. Currently, TTM operates a demonstration farm in Nekken, Aimeliik State and, in collaboration with the Bureau of Agriculture (BOA), provides services and programs to the local farmers. Programs include taro seedling production, taro varieties preservation, school farm program, school students’ dietary improvement, agricultural techniques consultation and other special requests. [/restrict]