August 7, 2015


Focusing on the global competence of the Philippine products and technologies generated from research and development (R&D), the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) sets the stage for this year’s 11th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition on 7-9 August 2015 at SM Megatrade Hall 2, Mandaluyong City with the theme, “Teknolohiyang Pangsakahan at Pangisdaan: Tulay sa Mas Maunlad na Pilipinas Patungo sa Pandaigdigang Kakayanan.

To highlight R&D breakthroughs and provide new perspectives on technology commercialization, 93 exhibitors, comprising of DA staff bureaus and attached agencies, Regional Field Offices (RFOs), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Offices (BFAR-ROs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), international partner-institutions, R&D institutions, private sector, and other R&D stakeholders.

The three-day event is in line with the activities and program thrusts of the National Technology Commercialization Program (NTCP), a banner program of BAR. The event also opens opportunities for agri-prenuers and enterpreneursto capitalize on various R&D technologies that were already developed and generated, for the farmers and fisherfolk to showcase their own produce as well as for the private sector to adopt these technologies on a commercial scale.

As BAR Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar recognizes the strong partnership and significant role of its partner agencies in developing and generating new technologies for farmers and fisherfolk, the seminar series for this year will kick-off with presentations from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the WorldFish Center on the “Heirloom Project: Philippine DA Partnership FSSP” and “Aquaculture Future: Fish Supply and Demand Scenarios and the Sustainable Growth of Aquaculture in the Philippines”, respectively. Dr. Praveen Venkata Vadlani of the Kansas State University will close the afternoon session with a presentation on biomass technologies

This year’s central display setting will feature the Department’s R&D program being coordinated by the bureau and the supported technologies that have yielded positive economic results. This year, it will showcase how the generation typifies modern technologies and their visual means of appreciation.

The Foundation of Rural Enterprises and Ecology Development of Mindanao, Inc.(Freedom, Inc.) in cooperation with (Sitio Ipil Winemakers Association) SIWA with the support of BAR hosts a booth featuring nipa palm sugar from Lanuza, Surigao del Sur. Nipa Palm Sugar is a by-product of the nipa palm fruit. This includes sap extraction from the peduncle (stalk) for fresh juice or laksoy, vinegar, or sugar. The nipa palm sugar has a glycemic index of 35 (source: DOST) as compared to GI 65 to GI 100 for sugar cane based sugars.

Freedom Inc.’s role on the project is to train farmer member participants from SIWA on the utilization of nipa sugar to further benefit their business.

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