Tech­nol­ogy fo­rums for farm­ers, en­trepreneurs set

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A FARMER’S and en­trepreneurs fo­rum fea­tur­ing some of the tech­nolo­gies gen­er­ated by Benguet State Univer­sity and other stake­hold­ers on potato, cof­fee, straw­berry and sweet potato will be con­ducted start­ing to­day, Nov. 15 un­til Nov. 17, 2017 as part of the Benguet Adi­vay cel­e­bra­tion in Wan­gal, La Trinidad.

The techno-fo­rum on potato will be held 1:00 p.m. to­day at the Benguet Cold Stor­age Com­plex in Wan­gal. The fo­rum will fo­cus on the dis­ease man­age­ment and pro­duc­tion of dis­ease-free plant­ing ma­te­ri­als of potato.

A re­gional farmer’s fo­rum will be con­ducted in the morn­ing of Nov. 16 at the Benguet Cold Stor­age Com­plex fol­lowed by a cof­fee cup­ping/tast­ing ac­tiv­ity in the af­ter­noon.

Top­ics in the re­gional farmer’s fo­rum are on heir­loom rice pro­duc­tion and prac­tices, al­ter­na­tive crop shel­ter de­signs, ac­tiv­i­ties in sup­port to farm­ers, live­stock rais­ing and farm­ing prac­tice suc­cess story. The cur­rent and emerg­ing trends on the cof­fee in­dus­try will be the topic dur­ing the cof­fee cup­ping ac­tiv­ity.

The sweet potato and straw­berry techno-fo­rums will be con­ducted whole day on Novem­ber 17 at the

same venue. The top­ics to be dis­cussed for sweet­potato in­clude dis­ease man­age­ment, pro­cess­ing and pro­duc­tion of clean plant­ing ma­te­ri­als. The top­ics on straw­berry will be on tis­sue cul­ture, in­sect pest man­age­ment, pro­cess­ing, straw­berry va­ri­eties and man­age­ment of soil borne dis­eases.

Aside from the techno-fo­rums, other ac­tiv­i­ties will also be wit­nessed such as prod­uct ex­hibits, video pre­sen­ta­tions, pro­mo­tional com­pe­ti­tions, and farm tour vis­its to en­hance the knowl­edge and skills of the stake­hold­ers par­tic­u­larly the farm­ers on the new trends in agri­cul­ture es­pe­cially on pro­duc­tion and mar­ket­ing dur­ing the 3 day ac­tiv­ity.

Se­nior high schools from the dif­fer­ent schools will also com­pete in the on-thes­pot es­say writ­ing and can­vass paint­ing con­test to­day at 1:00 pm.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the techno-fo­rum and other ac­tiv­i­ties was pro­posed by the High­land Agri­cul­ture Aquatic and Re­source Re­search and Devel­op­ment Con­sor­tium (HAARRDEC) which is pat­terned to the Farms and In­dus­try En­coun­ters through the Science and Tech­nol­ogy Agenda (FI­ESTA) pro­gram of the De­part­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy-Philip­pine Coun­cil for Agri­cul­ture, Aquatic and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Re­search and Devel­op­ment (DOST-PCAARRD).

DOST-PCAARRD pro­vided the bud­get for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ac­tiv­ity in the amount of P500,000. The ac­tiv­ity is in part­ner­ship with the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment of Benguet, Agri­cul­ture Train­ing In­sti­tute and other co­op­er­at­ing agen­cies of HAARRDEC.

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