Friday, June 4, 2010

DA-9 reviews technology studies

The Department of Agriculture (DA) recently reviewed various researches on agricultural techonology done within Zamboanga Peninsula and will select on a later date the Best Paper and Most Promising Technology award.

Each year, DA-9, under under Regional Executive Director Oscar Parawan, will assess and evaluate technology studies conducted by research personnel in its different research stations.

The Agency In-house Research, Development and Extension Review was conducted at the Western Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (WESMIARC) in Sanito, Ipil last May 25-26.

Fourteen technology researches were presented and five were completed as of this writing, evaluated by the panel evaluators composed of Engr. Rodolfo Fernandez of the Bureau of Agricultural Research; Jose Rizal Memorial University’s Ramon Luza and Resources Research and Development Consortium Regional Techno Gabay coordinator Soledad Perez.

Myra Aprille Gemeniano’s paper dealing with the study on Growth Performance of Growing Crossbred Goats Fed with paragrass and indigofera supplemented with varying levels of tongkat ali in urea molasses mineral block was adjudjed as the best paper.

For the Promising Technology Awards, the first and second places went to Marry Joy Flores of Western Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (WESMIARC) for her technology research on the Effects of Biocon and Bio-N Application in Rice under Zamboanga Sibugay Condition and Adaptability test of Sweet Sorghum in Western Mindanao, respectively.

Third place went to Danilo Rodriguez of DA-Betinan Research Station for his study on Field Testing of ICRISAT legume varieties (peanut and pigeon pea) and technologies in selected region in the Philippines.

WESMIARC center manager Francisco Geromo said that research is important to generate new technology whose focus is to help the farmers in terms of productivity and profitability as well as promote organic agriculture.

Regional Technical Director Constancio Alama, in his message, likewise said that DA will push for acceleration of technology transfer through technology promotion and commercialization.

He added that it is a challenge for the department to operationalize research development and extension network (RDEN) to harmonize with the Agricultural and Fisheries Modernization Act or RA 8435.

WESMIARC, located in Ipil, is the main research center of DA complete with cluster research stations found in Molave, Mahayag, Dumalinao, all in Zamboanga del Sur; in Kalawit and Sindangan in Zamboanga del Norte; RT Lim and Surabay in Sibugay La Paz and San Ramon in Zamboanga City and the last in Isabela City.