Dubbed as the country’s largest annual international agribusiness event, the “2016 Agrilink/Foodlink/Aqualink” opened on 6 October 2016 and will run until 8 October 2016 at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila.
Gracing the first day of the event were Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food Vice Chairperson Cynthia A. Villar, Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, DA Undersecretary for Agribusiness and High Value Crops Evelyn G. Laviña, DA Assistant Secretary for the Visayas Atty. Hansel O. Didulo, and Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar, along with other government officials and members of the Diplomatic Corps.
As one of the major sponsors and exhibitors of the three-day event, BAR featured in its booth a Philippine map showcasing champion commodities from each region wherein BAR has provided R&D support. The map was inspired by the “Color Coded Agriculture Guide Map” of President Rodrigo R. Duterte and DA Secretary Piñol that will serve as a guide for farmers on the appropriate crop to be planted in a specific location.
Also showcased was the Technology Commercialization on Wheels (TCOW), an initiative of BAR under its National Technology Commercialization Program, together with the University of the Philippines Los Baños-College of Development Communication that seeks to improve local agricultural conditions and enhance the social marketing appeal of agricultural commodities by bringing Package of Technologies (POTs) to communities through a mobile exhibit truck.
DA Secretary Piñol appreciated the TCOW initiative and said that further intensification of extension-related activities in the agriculture department will be pushed early next year. Aside from the agriculture secretary, other officials who visited the BAR booth included Senator Villar, Undersecretary Laviña, Assistant Secretary Didulo, and Director Eleazar.
During the first day, BAR likewise conducted three seminars with topics on herbs and spices, indigenous crops, and mushroom production. ### (DA-BAR)