BAR HOSTS 11TH AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES TECHNOLOGY FORUM AND PRODUCT EXHIBITION
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.