Research and development for agriculture in the Cordillera region is expected to advance with the inauguration of the two new R&D Multipurpose Facility or Technology Resource Hub worth PHP 9,738,673 and PHP 12,005,650 respectively at BABRC Compound, Dontogan, Benguet.
The ribbon-cutting and unveiling of marker was led by DA Secretary William Dar, DA Assistant Secretary Noel Reyes, DA-CAR OIC-Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, DA-CAR Regional Technical Director for Operations Danilo Daguio, DA-CAR Regional Technical Director for Research & Regulations Jennilyn Dawayan, DA-CAR Research Chief Luis Lang-oy, BABRC OIC Center Head Robert Domoguen and BAI OIC Director Reildrin Morales.
This project is funded by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) under Bayanihan 2 Project “Enhancing Technology Transfer and Capacities in CAR”.
The facilities aim to enhance technology transfer to farmers in the region; showcase research and development-generated technologies; increase and produce quality planting materials of commodities and quality breeder stocks; and establish research and develop appropriate and viable agricultural technologies.
The first building with a land area of 400 square meters amounting to PHP 9 million consisted of food processing facility, multipurpose facility and a greenhouse.
The food processing facility will cater to technology development on food products from various agricultural commodities in the region such as mushrooms, strawberries, heirloom rice and livestock.
The multipurpose facility, on the other hand, will serve as a meeting and workshop venue for farmers, researchers and other stakeholders. It will also serve as a display center on knowledge technologies, developed pamphlets and processed products from strawberries, potato, arabica coffee, native pigs and range chicken.
The second building with a land area of 279 square meters amounting to PHP 12 million consisted of two plant genetic resources center and a greenhouse.
One of the plant genetic resource centers will serve as the region’s germplasm gene bank/storage/conservation facility for heirloom rice landraces and all economically-important plants for future use.
The other plant genetic resource center will be a tissue culture laboratory. It will serve as a venue for producing quality planting materials of strawberry and potato; proper storage facility for potatoes during its dormant stage; a venue for capability building in modern propagation of high value crops and to showcase technologies through practical demonstration.
A rooftop garden can also be seen on top of both buildings. Aside from promoting urban agriculture, it also strives to introduce beneficial technologies to assist aspiring urban farmers in sustaining their crops, which include preparing soil media and installing drip irrigation. It also encourage eco-friendly activities such as recycling since plastic bottles such as soft drinks are being used as garden pots. //