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WITH THE AIM OF HIGH­LIGHT­ING the global com­pet­i­tive­ness of Philip­pine prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies which are gen­er­ated from re­search and de­vel­op­ment, the Bureau of Agri­cul­tural Re­search (BAR) is host­ing this year’s 11th Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries Tech­nol­ogy Fo­rum and Prod­uct Ex­hi­bi­tion to co­in­cide with its 28th an­niver­sary this Au­gust at the SM Me­ga­trade Hall 2 in Man­daluy­ong City. The event’s theme is “Te­knolo­hiyang Pangsaka­han at Pangis­daan.” To high­light var­i­ous re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) break­throughs and to pro­vide new per­spec­tives on tech­nol­ogy com­mer­cial­iza­tion, at least 93 ex­hibitors—com­posed of the staff bu­reaus and at­tached agen­cies of the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, re­gional of­fices of the Bureau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources, state univer­si­ties and col­leges (SUCs), in­ter­na­tional part­ner-in­sti­tu­tions, R&D in­sti­tu­tions, the pri­vate sec­tor, and other R&D stake­hold­ers—are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate.

Sen­a­tor Cyn­thia S. Vil­lar, chair­per­son of the Com­mit­tee on Agri­cul­ture and Food, is the key­note speaker to­gether with Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Pro­ceso J. Al­cala.

Ac­cord­ing to BAR Di­rec­tor Ni­comedes P. Eleazar, the three­day event is in line with the ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­gram thrusts of the Na­tional Tech­nol­ogy Com­mer­cial­iza­tion Pro­gram (NTCP), a ban­ner pro­gram of the BAR.

The event also opens op­por­tu­ni­ties for agri-preneurs and en­trepreneurs to cap­i­tal­ize on the var­i­ous R&D tech­nolo­gies that have been de­vel­oped and gen­er­ated. Farm­ers and fish­er­folk are also ex­pected to show­case their own pro­duce, and it is hoped that the pri­vate sec­tor will adopt the tech­nolo­gies be­ing show­cased at the event on a com­mer­cial scale.

Di­rec­tor Eleazar rec­og­nizes the strong part­ner­ships with, and the sig­nif­i­cant roles played by, its part­ner agen­cies in

de­vel­op­ing and gen­er­at­ing new tech­nolo­gies for farm­ers and fish­er­folk.

The seminar se­ries for this year kicks off with “Heir­loom Pro­ject: Philip­pine DA Part­ner­ship FSSP,” a pre­sen­ta­tion by the In­ter­na­tional Rice Re­search In­sti­tute, and the World­Fish Cen­ter on “Aqua­cul­ture Fu­ture: Fish Sup­ply and De­mand Sce­nar­ios and the Sus­tain­able Growth of Aqua­cul­ture in the Philip­pines.” Dr. Praveen Venkata Vad­lani of the Kansas State Univer­sity will con­duct a pre­sen­ta­tion on biomass tech­nolo­gies.

The high­lights of the event will in­clude the launch of the 2015 BAR Primer, an au­dio-vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tion that nar­rates the bureau’s vi­sion, mis­sion, and man­date as the coun­try’s na­tional co­or­di­nat­ing agency for agri­cul­ture and fish­eries R&D. De­tails in­clude the BAR’s R&D thrusts, pro­grams, client-ori­ented ser­vices, and ma­jor ac­tiv­i­ties. Three books will also be launched: “The Philip­pine Bio­fu­els In­dus­try,” “Min­eral Pro­file of For­ages and its In­flu­ence on Goat Nutri­tion,” and “Pests and Dis­eases of Eco­nom­i­cally Im­por­tant Crops in the Philip­pines.”

“It’s Soy Time,” a soy­bean cook­ing con­test, will also be staged; it is ex­pected that about 27 SUCs which are part­ner-ex­hibitors in the tech­nol­ogy fo­rum will par­tic­i­pate. The ac­tiv­ity fo­cuses on the culi­nary com­pe­ten­cies of the par­tic­i­pat­ing SUCs while fur­ther pro­mot­ing the uti­liza­tion and con­sump­tion of soy­bean through their food cre­ations. – BY JULIO P. YAP, JR.

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