BAR keynotes CvSU’s Research Symposium, highlights research and extension initiatives

In line with the theme, Rediscovering and Refraining Strategies for A Holistic Research and Extension Culture that Nurtures and Recognizes Excellence, the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) underscored the vital role of research and extension in the agriculture and fisheries sector in a keynote address at Cavite State University’s Research Symposium on 26 September 2023 in Indang, Cavite.

“Research and extension services are indispensable components of the agriculture and fisheries sectors. They contribute to increased productivity, sustainability, and resilience while promoting

economic development and improving the livelihoods of those engaged in these sectors,” Julia A. Lapitan, assistant head of DA-BAR-Program Monitoring, Evaluation, and Linkaging Division representing DA-BAR director Junel B. Soriano, said.

 Aligned with DA’s current thrusts and strategic agenda, the bureau pursues to take a bold and innovative approach to research for development and extension (R4DE) through provision of support for the implementation of various programs, activities, and projects. Following an inclusive and developmental R4DE system, the bureau employs adaptive strategies and innovative solutions aligned with the department’s strategies on: 1) boosting local food production and raising the farmers' and fisherfolks' income; 2) ensuring accessibility to affordable, safe, and nutritious food that benefit all Filipinos; 3) developing strong, modernized, and climate resilient value chains through the delivery of quality services; and 4) institutionalizing policy reforms and strengthening institution to enhance efficiency and accelerate the modernization of the sector.

“These R4DE strategies and programs aim to produce outputs and outcomes that can increase innovative and adaptive technologies, empower agri-fishery enterprises, and strengthen the R4DE system for a technology-empowered agriculture and fisheries sector contributory to inclusive growth,” she added.

Meanwhile, Lapitan also recognized and commended CvSU’s conduct of research symposium as it highlights the outcomes and research breakthroughs of 30 completed university-implemented research projects.

“This forum is more than just an event; it is a platform for fostering meaningful connections, sharing ground breaking research, and exploring solutions to the challenges that our communities and industries face. It is a testament to our collective commitment to advancing the frontiers of knowledge and ensuring the sustainable growth of agriculture and fisheries,” she ended.

In particular, DA-BAR has supported 20 projects implemented by CvSU, of which four are ongoing. (### Ma. Eloisa H. Aquino)