15th Techno-Forum Highlights Modernization of Agri-Fisheries Sector
[QUEZON CITY, 16 August 2019] – Celebrating it's 32nd founding anniversary, the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) has officially launched this year's Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition at the DA-BAR Grounds, Quezon City.
DA-BAR Director Dr. Nicomedes Eleazar, in his opening remarks, mentioned that the event is in line with the paradigm of DA Secretary Dr. William Dar, which is to modernize the Philippine agriculture through agripreneurship.
"There is a need for the (agriculture) sector to be modernized and industrialized, and one way to achieve that is to exploit the potential of R&D and make sure that mature technologies reach smallholder agriculture and create agripreneurs," said Dr. Eleazar.
In his keynote speech, DA Secretary Dr. William Dar highlighted the direction and vision of the Department under his stint.
"We envisioned a food secure Philippines, with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk. This is the 'new thinking', the center of development in agriculture is the farmers and fisherfolk," Dr. Dar said.
Likewise, the new secretary urged agencies to anchor their plans, programs, projects and activities toward the Department's vision and goals. He also stressed the need to have good data management system in the Department.
"Let us elevate our gain in terms of improving data management in all agencies," said the DA secretary.
"We are here to help this country grow our sector of agriculture, and the technologies that we generate are the engines of this growth on agriculture," Dr. Dar concluded.
Meanwhile, the event also highlighted the launching of the second edition of Dr. Dar's book titled ‘The Way Forward: Level Up Philippine Agriculture.’ The sequel places emphasis on harnessing research & development (R&D) for agriculture, and on creating agripreneurs.
"Through this book, I am optimistic that more and more individuals and organizations from government, private sector and civil society will join the growing movement to make Philippine agriculture a modern and vibrant sector, where technology is a major driver, more agri-based enterprises and jobs are created, smallholders and agripreneurs are resilient to the effects of climate change, and growth is inclusive to alleviate poverty," wrote Dr. Dar, the InangLupa Movement President.
The annual staging of the national technology forum seeks to showcase collaboration forge between and among agencies toward a common goal of improving the resiliency and productivity of the farmers and fisherfolk.
Series of seminars were laid out to feature research-generated technologies that will not only provide insights, but will also encourage the public to venture into livelihood and business opportunities.
The event, which ran from August 14-16, 2019, was participated by around 50 exhibitors from various R&D partner institutions such as the regional field offices of the Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, along with state universities and colleges, international organizations, non-government organizations, and local government units.
BFAR Caraga, with the support of Regional Director Visa T. Dimerin and the active participation of training division Chief Anna Melissa M. Talavera and its regional staff, put up a booth in the exhibit area. The group displayed products derived from some of the Regional Bureau's trained organizations that venture fish processing and value-adding.
The training division chief also attended a series of seminars and product demonstration on processing technologies of various agricultural commodities such as coffee, batuan, soybean, jackfruit, and ginger to name a few.