DA-BAR concludes 35th anniversary celebration; underscores technology innovation, utilization, and scaling

“This year’s celebration is anchored on the bureau’s, along with the rest of the DA’s, and the Philippine government’s, concrete goal to economic recovery by capitalizing innovation and technologies utilization,” said DA-BAR director Dr. Junel B. Soriano in his opening message during the bureau’s 35th anniversary on 1 August 2022. 

With the theme, Pagpapalakas ng pananaliksik sa agrikultura at pangisdaan: tugon sa hamon ng krisis sa ekonomiya at pandemya, the bureau conducted a week-long celebration to highlight the significant accomplishments and contribution of the bureau as well as to give tribute to the men and women behind the bureau’s accomplishments. 

In the Director’s report, Dir. Soriano discussed the bureau’s significant accomplishments in 2021 through its funded programs, activities, and projects, as well the institutional reforms it had implemented to boost the bureau’s services.  

“DA-BAR, as the department’s mandated coordinating agency for all agri-fisheries undertakings, will continue to formulate and implement strategies to ensure that relevant technologies are delivered where they are needed the most,” he said. 

DA assistant secretary-designate for Operations Arnel de Mesa delivered the message of Undersecretary for Operations and chief-of-staff Dr. Leocadio S. Sebastian. 

“As part of our plan in the department, we are pushing to have long term solutions such as providing financial assistance to our stakeholders in the next planting season for higher productivity and higher income. 

We will be strengthening our value chain as we eye low cost products for our consumers, but higher income for our farmers and fisherfolk,” he said. 

 

Dr. Sebastian, in his message during the DA-BAR Awards Night, also stressed the importance of prioritizing projects that will outscale, scale up, and commercialize technologies to millions of farmers and fisherfolk. He also emphasized the need to focus on how the farmers and key agencies will utilize the research outputs to reach a societal outcome.

One of the highlights of the event was the launching of DA-BAR audio-visual presentation for 2022. The three-minute video provides a glimpse of the bureau’s clustered programs vis-à-vis formulated strategies, research for development (R4D) commodities and areas, client-oriented services, as aligned with its vision, mission, and mandate, and the department’s thrust of a food-secure and resilient Philippines with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk. 

Other highlights were the launching of the Edible Landscape Demo Garden, DA-BAR Technology and Innovation Hub (formerly known as the R&D Technology Center), and Techflix; and the Agri-fisheries R4D Photo and Video Contest. 

As part of the bureau’s efforts to disseminate and promote supported R4D technologies, a seminar series was conducted showcasing digital agriculture. These included lectures on: 1) Rice Seed Information System,; 2) Spatial Tracking, Damage and Yield Assessment, and Mapping of Armyworm Infestation and Diseases of Onion Using Remote Sensing Technology; 3) Automation System for Intensive Fry Production of Tilapia (Oreochromic niloticus); and 4) Site Specific Nutrient Management for Maize Nutrient Expert. 

Other activities were the KADIWA sa BAR and the blood donation drive in collaboration with the DA-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Services and the Philippine Blood Center, respectively. (### Ma. Eloisa H. Aquino)