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 BPI-Los Baños marks its 88th anniversary




LOS BAÑOS, LAGUNA - The Bureau of Plant Industry-Los Baños National Crop Research Development and Production Support Center (BPI-LBNCRD PSC) celebrated its 88th founding anniversary on November 20-21, 2019.

This year’s theme “Masiglang Agrikultura para sa Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita ng mga Magsasaka” befitted the center’s vision of increasing farmers productivity and profitability,  alleviating poverty through crop research, production of high quality seeds and planting materials and transfer of developed technologies.

Gerald Glenn F. Panganiban, BPI Assistant Director, stressed that one of the keys to the center's success is collaboration and good relationship with other government agencies such as DOST-PCAARRD, DA-BAR and the international partners like KOPIA.

BPI Director George Y. Culaste congratulated the center for its accomplishments, especially in the development of new varieties of various lowland vegetables, like mungbean, tomato that will help the farmers achieve “masaganang ani at mataas na kita”.

Dr. Myer G. Mula, Program Director, Special Area for Agricultural Development and Special Adviser, BPI-Research and Seed Systems represented DA Secretary William D. Dar during the event. Dr. Mula shared the vital role of the centers and BPI as a whole in generating and promoting relevant technologies to increase farmers' productivity and attain food security. He added that for the third quarter of 2019 the agriculture sector grew by 2.87 percent under the current leadership of Secretary Dar.

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 Flora A. Jarilla,  Dr. Herminigilda A. Gabertan, Center Chief of BPI- LBNCRDPSC with guests of honor Dr. George Y. Culaste, BPI-Director; Dr. Woon Goo Ha, Director of KOPIA Center, Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, Director, DOST PCAARRD; Atty. Bernardo Soriano, Assistant Regional Director DOST IV-A. Mr. Glenn Gerald F. Panganiban, BPI-Assistant Director and Dr. Myer G. Mula, Program Director, Special Area for Agricultural Development and Special Adviser, BPI-Research and Seed System.


image 2A few of the highlights of the celebration were the unveiling of Technology Commercialization Center (TCC) Marker and S&S Plaza Goes Scicat Project 3 signage.  TCC is a project funded by the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research  established to strengthen technology promotion and production support activities of the center, showcase developed variety of quality seeds with NSIC  certification and to have a convergence facility for all BPI technologies.

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On the other hand, the Seeds and Seedlings (S&S) Plaza is a joint project of BPI-LBNCRDPSC and DOST-PCAARRD under the program Science for the Convergence of Agriculture and Tourism (SciCAT). 

image 9            The program also highlighted the contributions of the men and women who worked tirelessly and passionately to achieve the Center’s mission. The most outstanding employees were given recognition. Flora A. Jarilla is the most outstanding employee for Research for varietal development of mungbean;  Mr. Benito M. Sojor for Seed Production while Mr. Eleuterio M. Buctuanon for Administration. 


 The anniversary was packed with significant activities that would affect or influence the farmers, students and other stakeholders. Aside from the field tour that showcased the Center’s bountiful landscapes, farmers’ fora were also arranged. Agripreneurship, Good Agricultural Practices, Vegetable Grafting Technology, Mungbean Production were among the topics. 

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The event was attended by more than 300 participants from CALABARZON LGUs (Cavite: Alfonso; Laguna: Cabuyao, Kalayaan, Pakil, Pagsanjan, San Pablo, Siniloan;  Batangas: Nasugbu; and Quezon: Pagbilao, Tiaong)  and junior high students from Colegio de Los Baños, LB National High School-Batong Malake and LB National High School-Community.






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Guests and officials with employees and stakeholders in a photo opportunity


Camp Benjamin, Alfonso, Cavite - The   16th National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC) inspired by ‘`Pahiyas’´ Festival tradition and culture was held from 12 to 14 November 2019 with the theme “OA4K: Organikong Agrikultura sa Kumikitang Kabuhayan para sa Kalusugan at Kapaligiran”.

Department of Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar as the keynote speaker highlighted and declared his support for Organic Agriculture (OA). “OA must further reduce cost of production and increase productivity through science in order to make organic products more affordable in the market. Under the “New Thinking” for agriculture, we must advocate for inclusive agribusiness support through a value chain system. More sources of income must benefit small farmers” Dar said.

One of the challenges being faced by Philippine Agriculture is the poor condition of our soils. The Secretary stressed the need for soil rejuvenation. Agricultural land in the Philippines totaling to 11-12 million hectares should be analyzed. The use of organic material in our. soils would greatly alleviate the problem. Additionally, the Secretary said that Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is important to complement organic agriculture to further ensure food security in the Philippines.

The Secretary announced steps taken to streamline and simplify the process of acquiring certificates of product registration for organic produce. Dar also promised that revised organic fertilizer standards will be issued before the end of the year.

And for the first time, the national conference included an international speaker from  Korea, JADAM Organic Farming  headed by the Cho Family: Master Hankyu, Youngsang and Rabi.

During the second day, more than 1,800 attendees had a wide-array of educational offerings to choose from plenary sessions: Production and Technology Support; Extension and Capability Building; Research and Development; and Market Development.

One of the highlights of the three-day event is the National Organic Agriculture Board’s approval of 60 resolutions.

The National Organic Agriculture Achievers Night was held to award outstanding groups and individuals that have contributed to organic agriculture. The winners are the following:

Provincial Category: PLGU Batanes - 3 million
Municipal Category: City of Bislig - 1 million
Provincial Focal Person Category: Catherine Buenaventura - 50K
Municipal Focal Person Category:  Jimmy Sombilla - 40K
Agriculture Extension Worker Category: Jennifer Dulnuan - 30K
Small Farming Individual Category: Elmer Salazar - 200K   
Farmers Group Category: TAPFPAT - 500K
Organic Farming Family Category: Marsan Family - 300K
Young Farmer Category: Teresa Sacley - 100K
Organic Agriculture Category for Research: Benguet State University - 100K
Poster Making: Princess Rose Infornon - 25k
Essay Writing: Hazel Brondo - 25K
Kabataang OA Quiz Bee: Tricia Mae Corpuz - 25K 

On the culminating day, the participants visited various agri-tourism farms such as Sanctuario Nature Farm, Indang Cavite; Luntiang Republika Eco Farm, Alfonso,Cavite; Brookside Hills Leisure Farm, Kaymias, Gen.Emilio Aguinaldo; Taal Maranan’s Farmville, Batangas; and Lukong Valley Farm, Dolores,Quezon.


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