In view of the continuing efforts to harmonize and complement research and development (R4D) activities to achieve optimum use of resources for the farmers and fisherfolk, the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) and the DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) convened a meeting on 14 March 2022 at at the latter’s main headquarters in, Los Baños, Laguna.

DA-BAR director Dr. Junel Soriano, together with assistant director Joell Lales, DOST-PCAARRD executive director Dr. Rey Ebora, and key officials of both agencies led the discussion.

The discussion focused on strengthening the partnership and sustaining the collaborations of the two agencies with regard to technology promotion, utilization, and commercialization through harmonized programs and project support.

The Technology Business Incubation Program and support to mass production of biofertilizers to address the high cost of fertilizers were also discussed and highlighted during the meeting.