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DA-BAR highlights 10 years of agri-fishery R&D in publication


Over the years, the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) has supported research and development (R&D) initiatives that generated technologies and initiated interventions, benefitting the lives of the country’s farmers and fisherfolk. Farms, especially in the rural areas, continue to reap the fruits of increased production and improved productivity through these technology-based interventions.

To disseminate information on these technologies to its stakeholders, particularly of what has been done in R&D during the last decade, DA-BAR and its partners came up with “A Decade of Success: A Compendium of Agriculture and Fisheries R&D Projects Supported by the Bureau of Agricultural Research from 2005-2014.” The compendium serves as a 10-year portfolio featuring DA-BAR-supported projects implemented by its partners from the DA-Regional Field Offices (RFOs), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Offices, and state universities and colleges (SUCs) towards improving the agri-fishery sector.


The compendium is composed of 17 volumes of published material - of which 16 volumes highlight researches accomplished by the regions, while the remaining volume features the researches done by the bureau’s partner SUCs. The books summarize a decade of R&D efforts with concise information including project summaries, technology description and application, as well as the intended beneficiaries.

The consolidation and packaging of information to produce the compendium was funded under DA-BAR’s Scientific Publication Grant (SPG) that aims to support initiatives on technology promotion and dissemination through print media with grants for the preparation and printing of research-based publications.


According to BAR Director, Dr. Nicomedes P. Eleazar, “As the material allows for quick reference and easier information retrieval, we are likewise providing ready-to-access information on technologies generated in R&D that will cater to the technology needs of the farmers, fisherfolk, research institutions, policy makers, entrepreneurs, academe, organizations, and other interest groups.”

On 27 October 2016, DA-BAR, in the presence of DA Undersecretary Ariel T. Cayanan and representatives from different DA regional offices and SUCs, formally launched the compendium during the closing ceremonies of the 28th National Research Symposium held at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management Convention Hall in Quezon City. ### (Ephraim John J. Gestupa)

Adlay TWG members, focal persons convene to set the direction for Adlay R&D Program


Following the directive of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol to intensify initiatives on adlay, the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) called for a special meeting and planning among members of the National Adlay Technical Working Group and focal persons from the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Offices (DA-RFOs), Central Mindanao University, and BAR held on 15-17 February 2017.

With guidance from the Adlay TWG members, the Adlay R&D Program’s direction was reviewed and revisited to ensure that activities are aligned to the DA’s current thrusts – with emphasis on harnessing the potentials of adlay for health and wellness, and more importantly, as an alternative food staple commodity that can help in contributing to the country’s bid of achieving food security.


Focal persons across the regions presented their respective project proposals which included plans of adlay-related R&D activities for 2017-2018. Among those presented were: intensifying seed production in expansion areas, verification trials of adlay varieties intercropped under different crop-based farming systems (coconut, rubber, legumes, cashew, etc.), further improvement of developed packages of technologies and value-added products, refinement of developed postharvest equipment and facilities, strengthening promotional activities, conduct of market research, establishment of adlay processing centers in major producing areas, and exploring the possibility of rehabilitation in mine-abandoned areas through the introduction of adlay intercropped with other crops.

Coming from the same family where wheat, rice, and corn belong to, adlay is a tall grain-bearing tropical plant which was found to be adapting well in some regions, particularly in high elevation areas such as the hillsides of Nueva Vizcaya, in Zamboanga Peninsula and Northern Mindanao, and in some other parts of the country. It has also been found out that adlay is accepted as an alternative staple food by Indigenous Peoples (IPs) such as the Subanen tribe in Zamboanga del Sur. Chemical composition analysis conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute in 2012 revealed higher protein content in cooked adlay grits (3.7 g) as compared to well-milled, boiled rice (2.1 g).


Under the Adlay R&D Program which pushes for the development, utilization, and promotion of adlay as an alternative crop to our food staples, various product development efforts have been undertaken to further promote its utilization. These include Pinoy Gourmix developed by DA-RFO 2, breakfast cereals and wine by DA-RFO 10, champorado by DA-RFO 4A, crackers by DA-RFO 12, and coffee by DA-RFO 5 and 9, among many others.

As of February 2017, BAR has supported 51 adlay-related projects being implemented by DA-RFOs, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization, and selected state universities and colleges. ### (Anne Camille B. Brion, DA-BAR)

BAR-PhilMech supported agri-entrepreneur receives TOFARM Award


Gadmer “Mer” Layson was one of the successful soybean agri-entrepreneurs supported by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) and the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) who received “The Outstanding Farmers of The Philippines (TOFARM) 2016 Special Citation Award” under the agri-entrepreneur category. The awarding ceremony was held at Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Makati City on 15 November 2016.

Launched by the Junior Chamber International Philippines (JCIP) and Universal Harvester, Inc., TOFARM is a search and award program anchored on promoting farming in the youth sector of all classes. It gives recognition to the resiliency, ingenuity, and the strength of hardworking Filipino farmers.

A former reporter of Pilipino Star Ngayon of the Star Group of Publication, Mer is now the hardworking owner of KKK Enterprises named after his three children: Kyla, Kyle, and Kevin. A soybean producer and processor for four years now, Mer first heard about the National Soybean Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) through a radio announcement regarding a three-day seminar on soybean production and processing.

The DA, through the High Value Crops Development Program and BAR, with all the partner agencies, have intensified the implementation of the Soybean Program in the Philippines which aimed to further promote the production, processing, utilization, and marketing of soybean in the country towards building a competitive soybean industry.


Under the project, “Pilot Testing of Integrated Soybean Production-Processing Technologies towards Accelerating the Development of the Local Soybean Industry in the Philippines,” being implemented by PhilMech through the coordination of BAR, various machineries that aid in improving soybean postharvest and processing systems were identified. One of the beneficiaries of the project was the Golden Beans and Grains Producers Cooperative which Mer is a member of. The coop received seeds for planting and Mer was among those who obtained viable seeds from his harvest being used for processing.

These interventions allowed the group to process and produce more; not only responding to the growing demand for soymilk but also enabling Mer to help others become soybean product retailers. As KKK Enterprises grew, Mer was able to produce soybean coffee, and very recently, soya ice candy.

Mer was able to employ eight people in his processing area and three farmers in his production site. Aside from this, his initiatives to disseminate the advantages of producing and processing soybean inspired more than thirty retailers.

Now earning about ₱50,000 a month from soybean processing, Mer aspires to be an inspiration to others—helping them earn more with the development of more soybean products. Through trainings and seminars, apart from the interviews he has done with a number of radio stations, Mer aims to reach out to everyone including farmers, housewives, and youth and encourage them to venture into soybean processing or retailing. ### (Ma. Eloisa H. Aquino and Mara Shyn M. Valdeabella, DA-BAR)

* Photos courtesy of JP Yap of Manila Bulletin

Groundbreaking Ceremony of SoMinAL


The groundbreaking ceremony of the Southern Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Laboratory (SoMinAL), an institutional development project of the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) 11, was held on 9 November 2016 in Manambulan, Tugbok District, Davao City.

Gracing the event was Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, along with other DA key officials. Among present were Undersecretary for Administration and Finance, Ms. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat; Undersecretary for Fisheries, Commodore Eduardo Gongona; Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance, Atty. Francisco Villano, Jr.; Assistant Secretary for Livestock, Mr. Enrico Garzon; and Executive Assistant, Mr. Bong Piñol.

Also attending the event to witness the ceremony were Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) Director, Dr. Nicomedes Eleazar with key officials and staff, Bureau of PIant Industry Director, Dr. Vivencio Mamaril; Philippine Carabao Center Director, Dr. Arnel del Barrio; and DA-RFO 11 OIC-Regional Executive Director, Mr. Ricardo Oñate.


Supported by BAR through its Institutional Development Grant, the SoMinAL is envisioned to be a one-stop-shop composed of the following: crop protection center, soils laboratory, animal diseases diagnostic laboratory, and feed chemical analysis laboratory. These facilities aim to provide vital diagnostic services, analyses, and recommendation needs of the farmers and fishers in the region towards ensuring the productivity of the soil, crops, and livestock; increasing farmer’s income and product quality; and promoting consumer and environmental safety.

Sec. Piñol said that the SoMinAL represents the government’s dedication to the present and future farmers as it will address their long standing problems, particularly the lack of technical assistance regarding production and product concerns, which according to him limits their opportunities. ### (Cynthia Remedios V. de Guia)

DA-BAR holds 28th National Research Symposium; underscores role of R&D


With the theme, Sustainable Agriculture and Fisheries Productivity through Research and Development towards Food Sufficiency and Competitive Enterprises, the National Research Symposium (NRS) was successfully conducted by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) on 26-27 October 2016. For this year, “BAR chose to focus on the role of research and development (R&D) in enabling the agri-fishery sector to become highly productive, globally competitive, climate resilient, and sustainable,” said BAR Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar.

Now on its 28th year, the NRS has consistently sought out high impact researches that can contribute to the achievement of the DA’s goals and objectives serving as a prestigious event where researchers and their work are given due recognition with citations and awards.

Highlighting the first day were presentations by the authors of the 24 research paper entries competing for the AFMA Best R&D Paper under the following categories: Applied Research in Agriculture, Technology Generation/Information Generation (TG/IG); Applied Research in Agriculture, Technology Adaptation/Technology Verification (TA/TV); Applied Research in Fisheries, TG/IG; Applied Research in Fisheries, TA/TV; Socio-economics; and Development in Agriculture. To qualify for presentation in the symposium proper, a research paper must have scored an average of 85 percent and above in the initial screening. Simultaneously conducted was the competition for Best Poster. This year, BAR received 134 research paper entries, a 21.8 percent increase as compared to last year’s entries which was only 110.


The winners were announced during the Closing Program of the 28th NRS at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) Convention Hall, Diliman, Quezon City on October 27, 2016.

In the “AFMA Best R&D Paper” category, five (5) papers brought home Gold Awards under various categories. These were:

  1. Applied Research TG/IG, Agriculture: “Inclusive and Sustainable Village-and Nypa-Based Bioethanol Industry Development” of Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU);
  2. Applied Research TA/TV – Agriculture: “Development and Performance Evaluation of a Village Level Coconut Water Processing System” of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech).
  3. Socio-Economics: “Philippine Rice Competitiveness: Status, Prospects, and Directions” of Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice);
  4. Development in Agriculture(two awardees): “Technology Commercialization on Slaughter Goats (Triple Cross) in Pangasinan” and “Pinoy GOURmix Technology Commercialization in Region 02” of DA – Regional Field Offices 1 and 2, respectively.

Four (4) silver and seven (7) bronze awardees of the AFMA Best R&D Papers were also named.

For the “AFMA Best R&D Poster”, PhilMech won this year’s Gold and Bronze Awards for their posters on “Design, Testing, and Evaluation of Compact Rice Mill with Impeller Huller,” and “Development and Performance Evaluation of a Village Level Coconut Water Processing System,” respectively. The National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) bagged the Silver Award with their poster, “The Only Freshwater Sardinella (Sardinella tawilis) in the World: Its Spawning Patterns and Larval Distribution.”


Gracing the Closing Ceremony were Ariel T. Cayanan, DA Undersecretary for Operations and National Project Director of the DA-Philippine Rural Development Project representing Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol and Dr. Victor C. Atienza, representing DA Assistant Secretary for Livestock Dr. Enrico P. Garzon, Jr.

In the keynote message of Secretary Piñol, read by USec. Cayanan, he emphasized the pressing need to invest more in scientific research to improve productivity and ensure global food security and that the way to address agricultural challenges such as climate change, diminishing natural resources, rapid population growth, and yield losses is the insistence for greater technology innovation. He had words of encouragement for researchers from the DA regional offices (DA-RFOs) as well as from the State Universities and Colleges where he said, “Do what will make food available and affordable, and develop the tools for farming and fishing that will make a mark in the lives of the ordinary farmer and fisher.”

Two publications funded under the Scientific Public Grant of the Bureau of Agricultural Research were launched during the program. The first book was “Adlay Recipes” which aims to promote various recipes on the new staple, adlay, that was produced by DA-RFO 4A. The second was, “A Decade of Success: A Compendium of Agriculture and Fisheries R&D Projects Supported by the Bureau of Agricultural Research from 2005 to 2014” which is a compilation of various BAR-funded projects implemented by the DA-RFOs, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and state universities and colleges through these years. The seven finalists for the Gawad Saka Outstanding Agricultural Researcher (OAR) and Outstanding Agricultural Scientist (OAS) were likewise recognized.

The 28th NRS was spearheaded by the Institutional Development Division of the Bureau headed by Ms. Digna L. Sandoval. ### (DA-BAR)