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img051910_06.jpgWith the reorganization of the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG), now called Regional Research and Development Group (RRDG), a two-day orientation seminar for the 14 regional consortia was initiated recently by PCARRD’s Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Research and Development (ODEDRD) at the Apo View Hotel in Davao City.

img051910_04.jpgAtok, Benguet─ In this town, which literally means “mountain top” in the Ibaloi dialect, a technology field day on potato production was held recently.

img051910_01.jpgScience City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija - “We must make our own response.” Thus said Secretary Heherson Alvarez as he exhorted various participants from the Council and its network at the writeshop to develop the “Luzon S&T Program on Climate Change in the AFNR Sectors”.

RDA head honcho bats for stronger ties during PCARRD visitThe Council pulled out all stops to host the Administrator of Korea’s Rural Development Authority recently. PCARRD’s directorate headed by Executive Director Dr. Patricio S. Faylon feted Dr. Jae-Soo Kim and several of his staff along with representatives of Korea’s media. This is the first visit of any RDA Administrator to the Council in 15 years of collaboration.

FFTC marks 40th year, tackles aggie growth in ASPACTwenty ten (2010) marks the 40th year of the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC) based in Taipei, Taiwan. As a regional information center, it has collected and disseminated information on many modern and practical technologies for small farmers in the region.

img0607_02.jpg“Inspite of the onslaught of El Niño, lakatan plants under coconuts demonstrated good fruiting performance,” said Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) consultant Sally Bulatao. Bulatao said this during a briefing on the progress of the Science and Technology-based farm (STBF) on banana production for the FFF-Coconut Farm and Development Program (Phase 1). The briefing was held at the PCARRD Headquarters recently.

img0607_01.jpgLos Baños, Laguna — To kick-off the 100th founding anniversary celebration and alumni homecoming of the University of the Philippines Los Baños-College of Forestry and Natural Resources (UPLB-CFNR), the Makiling Trekathon was held recently.

img062110_4.jpgStaff members of the PCARRD Management Information Services Division (MISD) recently visited the Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) centers in Dumangas and New Lucena in Iloilo. The PCARRD team monitored the data content build-up and interconnectivity of the centers, and also briefed the FITS staff on how to improve their ICT services.

img062110_2.jpgTopnotch Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) Margarito R. Andrade of the Banga Farmers’ Information and Technology Services (FITS) in Aklan is really into “chicks”, but of the ‘darag’ kind. He produces hardened 45-day-old darag chicks as a cooperator of PCARRD’s Science and Technology-based Farm (STBF) on darag or native chicken production.

img062110_1.jpgIn ensuring food security amid climate change, the country’s agriculture and forestry sector is urged to focus more on adaptation rather than mitigation measures.

“The priority strategy for development will focus on adaptation since this is where most government funds should invest,” said PCARRD Deputy Executive Director for Research and Development (R&D) Danilo C. Cardenas.

Members of the community media of the Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI) honored Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during the association’s 14th mid-year media conference and executive session of publishers and editors held at the Ayala and Dasmariñas Halls of the Makati Sports Club in Makati City on June 23─24.

Cagayan de Oro City – The production fruits and vegetables in the country is set to receive a boost from the Philippine and Australian Horticulture Program on Fruits and Vegetables.  At the 2nd Philippine Annual Program Review of this Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)- and PCARRD-funded program, participants presented the progress of their respective projects. Thus, identifying milestones and significant breakthroughs that served as the bases for laying out