Technology forums for farmers, entrepreneurs set
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.