DA-BAR celebrates 36th anniversary, conducts nat’l agri-fisheries tech exhibit

As the lead coordinating and funding agency for agriculture and fisheries research for development (R4D), the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research affirms its commitment to serve the public as it commemorates its 36th founding anniversary, with the theme Shaping Agri-Fisheries Technologies for a Better Future, on 15-17 August 2023 at Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.

This year’s celebration highlights the key role of the bureau in mobilizing partner R4D  institutions who develop innovative  technologies and products that benefit our most important stakeholders — our farmers and fisherfolk. DA-BAR recognized the importance of partnerships and collaboration among national and local government agencies, state universities and colleges (SUC), and farmers and fisherfolk cooperatives and associations to achieve Masaganang Agrikultura, Maunlad na Ekonomiya. The cooperation and solidarity of these institutions paved the way for improvement and continuous progress of the agriculture and fisheries R4D sector.

As such, DA-BAR will conduct the first National Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Exhibition (NAFTE) at the FPJ Hall, CLSU. A nod to its 15-year old predecessor Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition, the renewed NAFTE will be featuring 30 exhibitors from selected DA regional field offices, DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources regional fisheries offices, SUC, non-government organizations, and partner private institutions. They will showcase various mature technologies, products, and services supported by the department and the bureau. NAFTE will serve as a venue for technology developers to link with stakeholders and takers, as well as foster new opportunities. The best innovative product for food and non-food categories will be announced on the last day of the exhibit. 

The CLSU-produced book InPEELnity: Turning Waste into Things with Good Taste will be launched on the second day. This book discussed the utilization of the dragon fruit peel into food, herbal, beauty, and art products. This information was generated through funding support from DA-BAR and the active collaboration of the research team led by Dr. Dana G. Vera Cruz and the REFMAD Farms.

The National Agricultural and Fisheries Research for Development and Extension Agenda (NAREA) 2023-2028 will also be previewed during the activity. The soft copy will be made available through the bureau’s website, while the physical copy will be distributed to stakeholders at a later date. 

NAREA 2023-2028, produced through an extensive stakeholder consultation process, provides an updated research agenda for eight priority commodity groups, considered crucial for food security and expanding economic opportunities in the agriculture and fisheries sector. 

A two-day seminar series beginning on the second day will also be conducted at the Teacher’s Hall, CLSU and broadcasted live through the bureau’s social media accounts. The topics include pest management on mango cecid fly, goat production technology, solar-based hose reel irrigation,  off-season onion production, oyster culture using floating bamboo raft, WaterRice in action, and the significance of Food Development Center services to agriculture and fisheries R4D.

DA-BAR will also acknowledge its loyalty awardees who have served the bureau for 20 and 35 years, as well as the best performing division, assistant division, section or unit heads; and technical support and administrative support staff for both permanent and contract of service personnel on the first day. (### Rena S. Hermoso)