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Thursday, 1 June 2023

DA technology forum showcases agri-fishery research, innovation

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga through its Research Division successfully kicked off the 9th Regional Technology Forum (RTF) on May 30 at the DA Regional Field Office 13.


The two-day event highlighted the emerging agri-fishery research and cutting-edge technologies as catalysts for agricultural competitiveness and sustainability. The forum commenced with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting officially inaugurating the 9th RTF.


Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulation Abel F. Wagas, in his opening message, emphasized the significance of doing research in agriculture.


“For us to be outstanding farmers, we should have records and numbers behind us because we can use this as a foundation for technological advancements and research,” Wagas said.


Regional Technical Director for Operations Rebecca R. Atega also stressed the importance of bridging the gap between research and the field operations.


“The research and operation must meet halfway, what has been created through research must be effectively communicated to the grassroots level,” Atega said.


Lecture series covering digital innovation and agricultural digital tools, various rice varieties, and new trends and innovations in the coconut industry will be conducted throughout the forum.


Invited farmers came from the municipalities of Buenavista, R.T.R, Butuan City, and the province of Dinagat Islands. The event was simultaneously conducted in the three research stations of the region namely, Tagbina Research and Experiment Station in Surigao del Sur; Del Monte Lowland Rainfed Research Station in Talacogon, Agusan del Sur; and,Trento Research and Experiment Station in Trento, Agusan del Sur.


The forum was also graced by distinguished guests including DA-PhilRice Agusan Branch Director Gerardo F. Estoy, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Regional Training Center  Caraga OIC Center Director Dr. Jessie V. Beldia, Caraga State University Director for Research, Innovation, and Extension Jeffrey Dellosa, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Caraga represented by Anna Melissa Talavera, and Department of Science and Technology represented by Christine J. Gonzaga.


Several booths from partner agencies and Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita are also present to showcase its products, technologies, information, education, and communication materials for the farmer.


 The Regional Technology Forum served as a platform for knowledge exchange, innovation showcase, and collaboration among farmers, researchers, and industry leaders. (Kent Warren H. Fugoso, DA-13 RAFIS/PIA Caraga)