IAST launches SAK at opening of Green Guyana Expo
– IAST valuing indigenous knowledge
– SAK has health benefits for adults and children
– bottling Indigenous beverage could benefit Indigenous communities – Min. Allicock
DPI, Guyana, Thursday, October 18, 2018
The Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST) today launched Sak, a potato beverage native to the Indigenous people.
The drink was launched at the official opening of the Green Guyana Expo being held at the Providence National Stadium tarmac, Providence East Bank Demerara.
Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock, said bottling the well-known Indigenous drink will contribute to the economic improvement of many communities.
“This is for our sustenance in the hinterland and it’s coming to become, I’m quite certain, a big market for Guyana, a big market for our indigenous peoples and more so for the economy of our communities,” Minister Allicock said.
IAST Chairman, Dr Suresh Narine, said the product, is part of the approach to value the Indigenous knowledge. The beverage is bottled under the brand Sak, a Patamona name for the purple sweet potato which is used to make the drink commonly known as fly.
Dr. Narine explained that the drink also has health benefits. The purple sweet potato has an antioxidant known as anthocyanin which makes it purple. He noted Guyana’s highland sweet potato has the highest measured volume of anthocyanin.
This antioxidant helps regulate blood pressure, provide cardiac health and increases circulation among other things, Dr Narine said. The drink is also beneficial for children, he added, since it promotes brain development, healthy nails, skin and hair among other benefits.
“The product has been formulated to also have a vitamin profile essential to this region which has been established by PAHO. So, what we’re delivering in 10 ounces is truly a nutraceutical beverage which has functional food properties which is vertically integrated into sustainable agriculture back to the high Rupununi savannahs and the high Pakaraima valleys,” Dr Narine said.
The launch of the product marked the official opening of the Green Guyana Expo which concludes on Saturday, October 20. The expo is being held at the Providence National Tarmac and admission is free.
By: Tiffny Rhodius.
Images: Keno George.