CVAARRD’s Citrus FIESTA in Nueva Vizcaya

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TOAST FOR CITRUS FRUITS. The Cagayan Valley Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development (CVAARRD) Consortium holds its third Farms-Industry Encounters through the Science and Technology Agenda (FIESTA) in Bayombong and Kasibu, Nueva Viscaya from Sept 13 to 15, 2018 with the theme, FIESTA in the Valley: “Convergence towards Support and Development of Citrus Industry” focuses on recognition of the growing citrus industry and its efforts to advance production in the whole region. Photo shows, key players and stakeholders of the citrus industry representing the government, the academic and science communities, and the civil and industry sectors headed by Nueva Viscaya Governor Carlos M. Padilla (4th, left), Deputy Executive Director forn Administration, Resource Management and Support Services Dr. Melvin B. Carlos (4th, right) of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD), Josephine L. Namujhe (center) Chair of Citrus Industry Development Council in a citrus wine toasts during the opening ceremonies. (PNA photo by Ben Briones)/edited by LOR)

By: Estrella Z. Gallardo

The Cagayan Valley Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development (CVAARRD) consortium held the opening of its second Farms – Industry Encounters through the Science and Technology Agenda (FIESTA), on September 13-15, 2018. With the theme: FIESTA in the Valleys Convergence towards Support and Development of Citrus Industry at the Convention Center, the event was held at the Capitol in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

The first FIESTA was the CVAARRD Mungbean FIESTA.

This second set of CVAARRD’s FIESTA focuses on citrus to recognize the growing citrus industry and the ongoing efforts to advance its production in the whole region.

The event with the theme, brings together key players and stakeholders of citrus industry representing the government, the academic and science communities, and the civil and industry sectors.

FIESTA, as a platform for promoting citrus as a commodity brand of Region 2 and a venue for knowledge sharing and information exchange, lined up several activities to discuss the current development and challenges on citrus production and processing.

Guests and participants to the opening day of the CVAARRD’S FIESTA were welcomed by Dr. Andres Z. Taguiam, President, Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU). President, Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino RRDCC, Chair and ISU President explained the FIESTA Rationale. Hon. Carlos M. Padilla, Governor of Nueva Vizcaya, delivered an inspirational message.

Governor Padilla, recognizing the efforts of the Citrus farmers and the economic potentials of the industry help built the roads and bridges connecting the farms to the main road that the citrus farmers used to traverse only by walking the tract ways and crossing the rivers.

Hon. Luisa Doren “Banti” Cuaresma, Congressman, Nueva Vizcaya, Ms. Josephine L. Namujhe, chair, Citrus Industry Development Council, Mr. Narciso A. Edillo, Regional Executive Director, DA-RFO2, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang and Regional Director (DOST-RO02) likewise delivered their inspirational messages.

Engr. Mabborang commended the DOST-PCAARRD funded researches such as Philippine Isolates of Entomopathogenic Fungi as Potential Source of Microbial Agents Citrus Rind Borer (CRB) and Tung Blight Disease (TBD) of Citrus and Efficacy Evaluation of Biopesticides derived from Entomopathogenic Fungi (ERF) Against Rind Borer and Tung Blight Disease (TBD) of citrus.

Too technical to hear according to Mabborang this products of R&D should not rest in universities but should be commercialized, adopted, and felt in our society most especially by our farmers.

With the help of DOST PCAARRD and cooperating agencies in the region the Citrus Research for Development in Cagayan Valley (CRRDC) was established focusing in four key areas: value chain, plant genetic resources, production of quality planting materials, and integrated pest management.

The program will ran for three years and at the end of the project is expected to have helped the local citrus industry attain a 233% increase in yield (from 4.5/ha to 15t/ha) and a 60% reduction in postharvest losses (from 25% to 10%).

Moreover CRRDC aims to address the problems and gaps in the citrus industry, on initiative of DOST-PCAARRD as part of the Citrus Industry Strategic S&T Program (ISP).

Guest of honor Dr. Melvin B. Carlos, Deputy Executive Director for Administration, Resource Management and Support Services, DOST-PCAARRD gave his message, expressing gratitude for a well-supported Citrus FIESTA and a well organized event  showing the cooperation of the stakeholders towards development and progress of the Citrus Industry in Nueva Vizcaya, worthy of its term Citrus Capital of the Region.

Citrus FIESTA convenes technology developers and potential adapters to discuss the benefits of what has been developed, thereby promoting adaption of technology.

The FIESTA is a mechanism designed by PCAARRD to promote technologies resulting from research and development activities on priority commodities of each region in the country.

A ceremonial toast was led by Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino. It was followed by the opening of Science and Technology Exhibits at the NVSU Gymnasium, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

The presentations that took place during the first day (September 12, 2018) of the Citrus FIESTA until the Fellowship Night was indeed a day and a night to remember by. Every part of the event, the messages, the songs, and cultural performances in between the main program inside the Convention Center, Capitol, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, where the Fellowship Night was held were properly set, so with the venue, the setting the sounds and the music and lights. The performers were rehearsed and at their best, that made their performances as though there is no tomorrow. The cultural presentations were nice and though ethic in appearance, the sounds and music are alive, most especially the Igorot Dance which I believe was most enjoyed notwithstanding the other cultural presentations. There was no dull moment during the entire period of the September 12, 2018 activities. (PSciJourn MegaManila)

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