Opening of CVRC’s Makan Festival and Launching of PGR Center





The Department of Agriculture-Cagayan Valley Research Center (DA-CVRC) conducted the Panagdadapun cum First Cagayan Valley Makan Festival on 16-17 May 2018 at DA-CVRC Annex in Ilagan, Isabela. Attending the opening of the festival was Dr. Nicomedes P. Eleazar, director of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), who served as the keynote speaker for the festival.

“Makan” is an Ilocano word for “food” which carries what the event is all about, celebrating Cagayan Valley’s culture through food and festivity. Showcased in the festival were food exhibition, bigasan ng masa, various integrated demonstration plots on edible landscaping, hydroponics and aquaponics, mushroom culture, and organic farming.

One of the highlights of the program was the launching of the Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) Center, a first-of-a-kind genebank facility in Luzon that houses a variety of collections of crops. The PGR Center was established to ensure teh conservation of collected and characterized germplasm collections of major and high-value crops for future source of genetic materials for crop improvement undertakings.

The PGR was funded by BAR, through its Institutional Development Grant (IDG), one of the programs of the bureau that strengthens the R&D capabilities of the National Research and Development System for Agriculture and Fisheries (NaRDSAF) member institutions by providing funding support for the acquisition of modern laboratory equipment and for the construction and renovation of research facilities. ###

CVRC conducts the First Cagayan Valey Makan Festival, a two day event showcasing food exhibition, bigasan ng masa ang various integrated demo plots.

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