San Mateo, Isabela is the biggest producer of mungbeans in the Philippines with a production of 800 to 1,000 kilos/ha, reason enough for the town to be labelled as the “Mungbean Capital of the Philippines.”
However, during dry months, being a drought tolerant crop, mungbean replaces rice in the flooded paddies of the town.
A number of processed products from mungbean like noodles, cakes, chips, and other products, making a much sought commodity, fitted to a better way of merriment to celebrate this success than doing it through the Mungbean Farms and Industry Encounters through the Science and Technology Agenda (FIESTA)
FIESTA the theme Boasting through S&T – based innovation held from May 7-9, 2018, included a parade contests on feature writing, an investment forum, technology fora; an appreciation tour; and a boodle fight, with the Cagayan Valley Agricultural, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development (CVAARRD) Consortium leading the activity.
As conceptualized by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD), FIESTA aims to show the complete sphere of research and development as it treats with equal importance the whole agricultural value chain from production to processing to technology mainstreaming.
FIESTA brings out the best in agri-aqua technologies, products, and services and make these known to the public through this event.
Through FIESTA, DOST-PCAARRD gathers the various players of agricultural R&D, primarily the technology generators, farmers, and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to showcase regional agricultural, aquatic and natural resources (AANR) technologies, innovations, products, and services.