DA-Cagayan Valley holds 2nd regional tech forum, 3 DA-BAR funded tech featured

“Where are the outputs? We need to let this mature technology walk. They should walk. They should not stay on the shelf. Let’s give them two feet so they can walk to the farmers and extensionists,” said DA-Cagayan Valley regional executive director Narciso A. Edillo.

Edillo explained that this has been the working mantra of the DA-Cagayan Valley as it strives to serve and deliver. Deliver they did, indeed. Organized by its Research Division, the Second Cagayan Valley Regional Research for Development and Extension Network Technology Forum cum First Regional Soil Health Summit was held on 20 July 2023 in Iguig, Cagayan. It featured technologies on digital agriculture, climate change, and soil health. 

DA-Cagayan Valley regional technical director for Research Regulations and Administrative Concerns Rose Mary G. Aquino emphasized that the region has proven that their research does not go to waste.  Once their researches have developed and generated technologies, one of the strategies that they are implementing to transfer technologies to intended users was through licensing and marketing agreement.

Three DA-BAR supported technologies were among those showcased during the technology forum. First, the Off-season Onion Production technology was developed by DA-Nueva Vizcaya Experiment Station. This employs the use of suited variety Super Pinoy, raised seedbeds, and rain shelter. Cropping period from sowing to harvesting falls in August to December. From the initial 20 farmer-cooperators, the technology has now been adopted by 133 onion farmers in Nueva Vizcaya. Further outscaling of this technology to 750 farmers in five municipalities in Nueva Vizcaya and one municipality in Cagayan is underway through another DA-BAR-funded project.

Second, the DA-Bureau of Soils and Water Management-developed technology Sustainable Corn Production in Sloping Areas enabled Quirino farmers to sustainably produce corn in sloping areas through contour farming and planting of hedgerows. It also uses the double-row production with a planting distance of 80cm x 30cm between furrows and 20cm between hills, as well as a jabber planter for precise planting distance, depth and uniform seed germination.

Third, the Rice-based Integrated Farming System (Rice + Duck) was outscaled in various provinces in Cagayan Valley in response to the call to plant more to ensure the food supply during the pandemic. The technology employed the use of various mature technologies on rice such as PalayCheck System and Rice Crop Manager, and on duck raising.

DA-BAR signified its support to DA-Cagayan Valley as it continuously serves and innovates the agriculture and fisheries sector through research.

“We are ready to serve and we are ready to provide you with the necessary funding so that you can develop the best and appropriate technologies,” said DA-BAR director Junel B. Soriano.

Officials and representatives from other national and local government agencies and  state universities and colleges, as well as farmer leaders and members of various farmer cooperatives and associations (FCAs) were also in attendance during the said forum.

Meanwhile, partner-FCAs of the DA-Cagayan Valley who were also cooperators and beneficiaries of numerous DA-BAR-funded projects, namely, Providers Multipurpose Cooperative, Lucban Small Water Irrigation System Association, Inc., FLOW of Pariir Agriculture Cooperative and Federation of Aritao Farmers of Onion, Garlic, Ginger Growers Association, Inc. were named among the Sustainability Awardees during the said activity. (###Rena S. Hermoso)