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BAR enhances official logo

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The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) enhances its official logo this year.

Attached to the Department of Agriculture (DA) logo, the enhanced BAR logo contains the bureau’s name curved at the bottom for easier recognition and recall among its partners and stakeholders.

The main colors represent the three major sectors that contribute to Philippine agriculture: green for the crops sector, blue for the aquaculture and fisheries sector, and brown for the livestock and poultry sector.

The farm family at the center highlights the bureau’s logo, recognizing the significant role of each member and of the family as a whole in providing food and augmenting income through the development of a family enterprise. It also signifies that the family is the ultimate beneficiary of the efforts of the agriculture and fisheries R&D system.

The white flask formed at the back of the family represents BAR’s role in R&D, particularly with its mandate to lead, support, and coordinate national R&D for agriculture and fisheries in the country.

These elements are enclosed in a circle to represent the dynamic relationship of the agriculture and fisheries sector with research and development activities towards achieving sustainable development.

With the enhanced logo, BAR encourages all its partners to affix it to any BAR-related communications, official documents, and other printing materials.

BAR extols the virtues of native pigs with research initiatives

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In 2005, Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) and the National Swine and Poultry Research and Development Center (NSPRDC) of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) collaborated with other livestock agencies on projects that will beef-up the promotion, conservation, characterization and the commercialization of potential strains of native pigs. This led to series of gradual development of Philippine native swine particularly in the conservation, promotion, and commercialization.

The BAR-NSPRDC collaborative projects, “Development and Commercialization of Selected Strains of Philippine Native Pigs” and Commercialization, Evaluation and Commercialization of Philippine Native Pig”, were funded under the National Technology Commercialization Program (BAR-NTCP), a BAR banner program. Dr. Rene C. Santiago, center chief of the NSPRDC and the project proponent, has partnered the center with the local government units (LGUs) of Quezon and selected farmer-cooperators in Laguna and Quezon for promoting native swine.

The projects cover the establishment of baseline data for native pigs; recommending proper feeding rations; the generation of information on the existing native pig gene pool, breeding management and production, and selected strains of native pigs; and the development of processing technologies for meat and skins from selected strains. It also seek to strengthen the sector and, more importantly, empower the farmers to be locally-and internationally-competitive.

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Production of native pigs can be a viable alternative for swine producers who cannot cope with the costly input requirements of commercial swine and those who do not have enough capital for housing and feeding. These animals can be raised without the use of chemical inputs and, as a desirable breed (for lechon and for its low-fat meat); it has high market potentials for those planning to engage in organic swine production. In addition, native pigs are very rich sources of genetic materials for local breed development and improvement programs, hence the necessity to conserve and preserve this breed.

Government support is an essential component in order for native animal’s production to be sustainable for the farmers. BAR supports the DA in ensuring the country’s native animals conservation through the provision of proper information and technologies generated through R&D.

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As it continues to support the livestock program and that of the Philippine Native Animals Development (PNAD) of the DA, the bureau has coordinated and funded, as of September 2016, a total of 21 livestock and poultry related projects for the generation of reliable technologies on livestock production, management and post-production in collaboration with the various project proponents and farmers organization. Included to these are the bureau’s support to the center’s R&D facilities such as the upgrading of Native Pig Grower Pens and acquisition of audio-visual equipment. BAR also funded the establishment of PNAD Information System and Showroom through the Center for Environmental Law and Policy Advocacy, Inc. (CELPA Inc.).

BAR is the research and development (R&D) arm of the DA and the mandated national agriculture and fishery R&D coordinating agency, while the NSPRDC is under BAI’s Farm Operation Group dedicated to the development of the swine and poultry industries. The station is located in Tiaong, Quezon. ### Patrick R.A. Lesaca

BAR to highlight agricultural R&D initiatives in AgriLink 2016

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For over a decade now, the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) has been a constant partner in the annual conduct of AgriLink/ FoodLink/AquaLink. This will be done anew in the 23rd staging of AgriLink on 6-8 October 2016 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

The interesting feature of this year’s AgriLink is the continuation of its local focus with the theme, “Negros Island: A Model of Agribusiness Resiliency.” Many of the communities in Negros Island have been hotbeds for agribusiness, long before others even became aware of this school of thought. The Negros Island communities are particularly receptive of innovations introduced by agricultural research and development (R&D) and the island plays host to several agricultural research institutions, both public and private.

One instance of adoption of new technology, where BAR and its partners played a big role, is the utilization of sweet sorghum as a bioethanol feedstock by the San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. (SCBI) in San Carlos City for the production of fuel-grade ethanol with the sweet sorghum crop sourced from first-time growers in Sagay City. It is under such settings that BAR has been providing funding and other support for locally-implemented R&D projects under its two banner programs.

As the DA’s lead arm for agricultural research coordination and as one of the sponsors of AgriLink, BAR will participate in the activity with an exhibit and conduct of seminars. The exhibit will showcase R&D projects that are focused on technology ready for commercialization and on products resulting from such technologies. Most of these were developed under the BAR banner program, National Technology Commercialization Program, which is geared towards the development of micro enterprises and agribusiness ventures with BAR providing technical as well as financial assistance. Its other source of locally-developed technology is the banner program, Community-Based Participatory Action Research, which is a location-specific research cum extension that makes use of the participatory approach involving farming communities in designing research activities to ensure specificity and success of research-generated technologies under local conditions.

With both programs promoting agribusiness development at the regional level, BAR continues to support crop, livestock, and fisheries projects conducted by its local research partners with whom the bureau is in constant coordination with. These partners include the Regional Integrated Agricultural Research Centers, Regional Fisheries Research and Development Centers, Regional Field Offices, DA bureaus and attached agencies, local government units, state universities and colleges, and private sector institutions.

BAR will also be holding seminars on the first day with topics on homemade remedies from herbs and spices, indigenous crops in the Philippines, and mushroom production. ### (Victoriano B. Guiam, DA-BAR)

Gov’t eyes sustainable development of native animals; BAR lends R&D support

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Prior to the creation of the Philippine Native Animals Development (PNAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) was already at work coordinating with the DA’s Livestock and Poultry Program in supporting and funding various R&D projects on native animals.

Eventually, the PNAD was created through DA Administrative Order No.15 in 2010. With various livestock agencies of the government and selected State Universities and Colleges as program partners, the program seeks to promote the conservation and utilization of domesticated native animals for food. BAR is a member of PNAD and is the lead coordinator for research and development (R&D).

To date, the bureau has coordinated and funded a total of 21 livestock and poultry related projects, all geared toward the generation of technologies on livestock production, management and post-production, closely collaborating with the various project proponents and farmers’ organizations.

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The projects cover a range of efforts from strategy to refinement of techniques. These include sourcing of baseline data for native pigs, formulation of proper feeding rations for native animals, information on the existing native pig gene pool, breeding management and production, coming out with selected strains of native pigs, upgrading of organic and free-range native chickens, and development of processing technologies for meat and skins from selected native strains.

There is an existing niche market for native animal meat and other products and indications point to growth. Thus, there is need for efforts meant to strengthen the sector and, more importantly, empower the farmers to be locally-and internationally-competitive and enable them to lead in the niche’s progress. Government is at the forefront and its support is essential for native animal production to be sustainable for the farmers. BAR supports the DA in ensuring that the country’s native animals are, not only promoted, but conserved as well with the effective employment of its R&D arsenal. . ### (Patrick R. A. Lesaca, DA-BAR)

BAR R&D Tech Center displays products, disseminates technology info and research outputs

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Launched on 7 August 2009, the R&D Technology Commercialization Center of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) serves as a place where one can see more than a hundred products, generated technologies, and research outputs produced through BAR’s banner programs: National Technology Commercialization Program (NTCP) and Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR).

Years of productive research have blessed the center with a continuing supply of new products to display. Presently, the products on display include wines from mango, bignay, duhat, pineapple, tamarind, oregano, ubi, sweet potato, sweet sorghum, cashew, zuriel, guyabano, blueberry, citrus, yacon, ybanag, rambutan, abiu, lipote, banaba, arius, adlay, tamarind, batuan, macopa, cacao, and santol; oregano (wine, juice, jam, vinegar, and soap); sweet sorghum (vinegar, wine, noodles, cookies, coffee, flour, jaggery, and syrup); seaweeds (marmalade, jam, chips, pickles, candies, noodles, torones, and dips); canned tuna and bangus; woven products (basket, native flower vase, and pandan bag from abaca and pineapple); cosmetic products like soaps, creams, and oils from sweet tamarind, lotus, okra and saluyot, VCO, turmeric, avocado, ginger, acapulco, papaya and sweet sorghum (hand sanitizer, and spray); soybean (3-in-1 and brewed coffee, veggie noodles, spreads); tea (chickpea, yacon, banana, miracle leaf, turmeric, oregano, native ginger, sweet basil, and sambong); coffee (sweet sorghum, pigeon pea, cacao, mungbean, marang, and soybean); coco sap sugar and nipa palm sugar; mango (dried mangoes, marmalade, pickles, huani mango, and vinaigrette); sapinit (juice, wine, and jam); makapuno (biscotti and string); citrus (cider, conserve jam, wine, and soap); capiz (lampshade and other products); adlay (crunch, nutri-meal, beauty soap, and breakfast cereal); batuan (sinigang powder, concentrate, candy, and powder); arrowroot powder and cookies; bee (honey, soap, propolis, and dishwashing liquid); malunggay powder and polvoron; cacao (chocolate kisses, tablea tops, and soap); chevon, and cereal preparations like gourmix.

Located at the lobby of the BAR Building, it has been a functioning hub for visitors looking to acquire further knowledge on innovative products including the latest information and technologies generated from agriculture and fisheries R&D. As such, the facility also serves as a one-stop-shop for information, technology guides, and other IEC materials. This greatly helps in disseminating new and reliable information regarding better ways of doing agriculture. Visitors, mainly farmers, researchers, government employees, private and public individuals, and students have visited the center for packages of technology (POT) for different priority commodities, feasibility studies and reports such as market studies and financial viability studies for different commodities or to inquire about crops in demand such as rice, rubber, soybean, cacao, and coffee and also for contact details of researchers who have conducted particular studies, among others. From January to August 2016, the R&D Tech Center served a total of 1, 200 visitors and received more than 1, 800 phone inquiries from different clienteles.

A masterlist of products on display, producers, technology generators, partner institutions and other relevant information has been put together at the TechComm Showroom to facilitate linkages among those interested in venturing into agribusiness. ### (Ma. Eloisa H. Aquino, DA-BAR)