During the conduct of the 27th In-House Research and Development Review of the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11, three out of the ten research papers were chosen to be presented at the Southern Mindanao Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (SMARRDEC) Regional Symposium not later than September of this year.

The chosen research papers were; Multi-Location Adaptability Trial of Japanese Sweet Potato conducted by Ms. Maureelyn C. Dalam and her colleagues,  Mass Rearing of Chilocorus nigrita as Biological Control of  Scale insects in Lanzones conducted by Ms. Lilybeth F. Agbayani and her colleagues and Fertilizer Trial on Tinigib Corn under Hillyland Condition as conducted by Ms. Estela C. Cuestas and her colleagues.

It will be presented to the farmers in order for them to examine and adopt the presented technologies.

The In-house Research and Development Review were done in support to the agriculture sectors mandate to provide sustainable growth and development and to be resilient and capable of taking challenges.

The Southern Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (SMIARC) underwent series of researches in high value crops like the Tiniguib Corn, Soybeans, Japanese Sweet Potato, Banana, Lanzones and Apali. Also, researches about goat and sheep production in the hilly lands, plant parasitic nematodes in upland Rice areas in the region were conducted. 

Consortium Director of SMARRDEC Dr. Lourdes C. Generalao said that other sectors also need attention aside from crops.

“The agri and fishery sectors should also complement with the industry sector,” Generalao said.

DA 11 regional director Remelyn R.Recoter said that the technologies presented are purposely for the farmer communities.

”We should not use research findings on our own, we really have to enhance our linkages with our research results and extensions, and what matters is the adoption of our farmers,” Recoter stressed.

Meanwhile, Assistant Regional Director for Research and Development Dr. Rafael T. Mercado challenges the research division to further enhance the researches on fisheries and livestock.

He further added, “let us extend our attention to the fisheries and livestock sector by providing technical experts and complementing personnel to launch research activities and give ample mechanization strategies for these sectors.”

The panel of evaluators for the said event were: Dr. Reynaldo G. Abad (Crop Protection), Dr. PurisimaG.Bayacag (Socio Economics), Dr. Alfredo M. Cayabyab (Livestock & Poultry),       Mr. Noel T. Estellena (Crop Mgt./Plant Breeding) and Dr. Consolacion E. Satorre (Soils/Farming Systems).

Aside from the DA 11 officials, the event was also attended by, representatives from partner SUCs (State Universities and Colleges), LGUs in the region, and resident researchers and agriculture experts. (Aggie Media Service)


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