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THE RE­CENT SIPAG FI­ESTA FO­RUM— part of the three-day SIPAG (Strate­gic In­dus­try S&T Pro­gram for Agri-Aqua Growth) FI­ESTA, spear­headed by the Philip­pine Coun­cil for Agri­cul­ture, Aquatic and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Re­search and De­vel­op­ment of the Depart­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (DOST-PCAARRD)—fea­tured sev­eral tech­nol­ogy break­throughs.

Show­cas­ing the best of the Coun­cil’s R&D ini­tia­tives from 2010 to 2016, SIPAG FI­ESTA pro­vided a tech­nol­ogy fo­rum where im­por­tant out­puts on crops, live­stock, aquatic, forestry, and nat­u­ral re­sources were tack­led.

AQUATIC TECH­NOLO­GIES Aquatic ex­perts from the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Visayas (UPV), South­east Asian Fish­eries De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter (SEAFDEC), and UP Dil­i­man-Marine Science In­sti­tute (UPD-MSI) dis­cussed their re­spec­tive re­search out­puts.

Prof. Va­le­ri­ano L. Corre, Jr. of UPV dis­cussed the use of a disease di­ag­nos­tic kit for de­tect­ing white spot syn­drome virus (WSSV) and other shrimp pathogens. Corre also dis­cussed the biofloc tech­nol­ogy, which uses mul­ti­ple lay­ers of micro­organ­isms in wa­ter to en­hance nu­tri­tion and con­trol disease of shrimp.

Dr. Emilia T. Qu­ini­tio, head of the Du­man­gas Brack­ish­wa­ter Sta­tion of the South­east Asian Fish­eries De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter (SEAFDEC) Aqua­cul­ture Depart­ment, dis­cussed the op­por­tu­ni­ties in man­grove crab as an ex­port com­mod­ity, and the use of marine an­nelid to en­sure man­grove crab’s nu­tri­tional re­quire­ment, as well as the pro­duc­tion of high value soft-shell crab. Marine an­nelid is a for­mu­lated diet, which con­tains higher lev­els of to­tal lipids and highly un­sat­u­rated fatty acid that can im­prove lar­val per­for­mance.

Dr. Aletta T. Yniguez of UPD-MSI pro­vided in­for­ma­tion about the Ben­ham Rise, a deep-wa­ter bio­di­ver­sity hotspot lo­cated off the coast of Aurora prov­ince, and its ex­plo­ration, which was funded by DOST-PCAARRD.

LIVE­STOCK TECH­NOLO­GIES Sig­nif­i­cant out­puts un­der the In­dus­try Strate­gic S&T Plan (ISP) as dis­cussed dur­ing the fo­rum in­cluded slaugh­ter goat, dairy goat, na­tive chicken, duck, pork, dairy buf­falo, and feed re­sources.

Dr. Ma. Vic­to­ria O. Es­pal­don of UPLB dis­cusses Smarter Agri­cul­ture dur­ing the Forestry and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Fo­rum.

Dr. Gil Magsino of the UPLB-Na­tional Crop Pro­tec­tion Cen­ter dis­cusses the ben­e­fits of the car­rageenan plant growth pro­moter in rice.

Prof. Va­le­ri­ano L. Corre Jr. of the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Visayas dis­cusses shrimp biotech­nol­ogy dur­ing the first day of the SIPAG FI­ESTA Techno Fo­rum.

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