The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to showcase its latest research and development (R&D) projects for various agribusiness sectors at the country’s largest and internationally recognized trade exhibit on agriculture, food and aquaculture—Agrilink, Foodlink and Aqualink 2016. The triple event will be held from October 6-8 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.
Now on its 23rd year, Agrilink 2016’s theme will will underscore the strengths and innovations of the agricultural industries of the Negros Island Region (Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental) through crop diversification and focus on enhanced agribusiness value chain—from production inputs, the use of modern yet appropriate technologies, market diversification, and strategic product development, retailing and marketing.
This is in line with many of BAR’s projects. With many communities in Negros Island known to be hotbeds for agribusiness, they are particularly receptive of innovations introduced by agricultural research and development—with the region hosting several public and private agricultural research institutions. One instance of adoption of new technology, where BAR and its partners played a big role, is the utilization of sweet sorghum as a bioethanol feedstock by the San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. (SCBI) in San Carlos City for the production of fuel-grade ethanol with the sweet sorghum crop sourced from first-time growers in Sagay City. It is under such settings that BAR has been providing funding and other support for locally-implemented R&D projects under its two banner programs.
As the DA’s lead arm for agricultural research coordination and as one of the sponsors of Agrilink, BAR will participate in the activity with an exhibit and conduct of seminars. The exhibit will showcase R&D projects that are focused on technology ready for commercialization and on products resulting from such technologies. Most of these were developed under the BAR banner program, National Technology Commercialization Program, which is geared towards the development of micro enterprises and agribusiness ventures with BAR providing technical as well as financial assistance. Its other source of locally-developed technology is the banner program, Community-Based Participatory Action Research, which is a location-specific research cum extension that makes use of the participatory approach involving farming communities in designing research activities to ensure specificity and success of research-generated technologies under local conditions.
With both programs promoting agribusiness development at the regional level, BAR continues to support crop, livestock and fisheries projects conducted by its local research partners with whom the bureau is in constant coordination with. These partners include the Regional Integrated Agricultural Research Centers (RIARCs), Regional Fisheries Research and Development Centers (RFRDCs), Regional Field Offices (RFOs), DA bureaus and attached agencies, Local Government Units (LGUs), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), and private sector institutions.
Co-organized by over 30 major Philippine agribusiness and food associations, Agrilink 2016 is also supported by the DA’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization, Bureau of Animal Industry, Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards and Philippine Rice Research Institute. The event is also in cooperation with FIT Corea, the Philippine representative of Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative, with support from UNAHCO, Rojun Agro Development Corporation, Prime Aagritech, VAL-CO, Inoza Industries, Belmont Agricorp and Seven-L Agrifood Systems.