By Estrella Z. Gallardo
With the theme “Science and Technology for the People” with the slogan Kaalaman, Kaaiba, at Kayang kaya, the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD) conducted its two-day Bicol Agri FIESTA on March 7-8, 2019.
FIESTA or the Farms and Industry Encounters through the Science and Technology Agenda is a technology promotion and transfer and commercialization platform for generated technologies emanating from researches funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD).
The Agri FIESTA held at the Albay Provincial Agriculture Office, Farmers Bounty Village, Cabangan, Camalig Albay, featured coconut, queen pineapple, and sweet potato.
On the first day, March 22 activities up were exhibition and track fair, plenary session on technologies, and support system to agriprenuer. Featured on the second day were agri-entrep and technology pitching.
Engr. Percival N. de Villa of DA-APAO presented the technologies and support system to agripreneurs, technologies, and good practices in sweet potato production and Ms. Erlene C. Manohar, OIC Deputy Administrator, Research Development Branch of the Philippine Coconut Authority talked about technologies on coconut during the first day of the plenary session.
The Agri-Entrep Day on the second day showcased success stories of entrepreneurs who are engaged in sweet potato seedling production, coco-based organic farming system, coconut processing, and queen pineapple production.
Providing the real encounter between the farms and the industry are Dr. Engr. John Fitzken Da Vinci M. Niro of Bicol University of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF); Dr. Michelle S. Carbonell of Camarines Norte State College (CNSC); Prof. Ginalyn A. Rustria of the Bicol University of Industrial Technology (BUCIT). Dr. Janessa A. Reyes, also of BUCIT, joined the technology pitching. (MegaManila Science Journalists)