CSC holds five exhibits
For the second quarter of the year, the Crop Science Cluster (CSC) participated in five informative exhibits to promote and disseminate to prospective users the outstanding products and technologies it developed over the years.
1st Institute of Biological Science-Graduate Students Association (IBS-GSA) Week, IBS Building, UP Los Baños (UPLB), April 20 to 24. CSC was one of the institutions which took part in this event sponsored by IBS-GSA by showcasing its advances in research and development, as well as the courses it offers both undergraduate and graduate. The theme was “IBS-GSA at a Glance: Discovering Your Passion for Higher Learning”.
Urban Agriculture Trade Show, Rockwell, Makati City, May 1 to 3. CSC represented UPLB in this three-day affair which was the initiative of Agriculture Magazine of the Manila Bulletin in an effort to promote practical and environment-friendly techniques of producing food in urban areas. CSC’s participation was facilitated by UPLB Office of Public Relation. Exhibitors of the show were mostly entrepreneurs who were serious advocates of urban farming. The event attracted a swarm of attendees not only from the metropolis but also from faraway places. Free seminars were held, among them were on SNAP hydroponics by CSC Deputy Director Primitivo Jose A. Santos, and Edible Landscaping by UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. These two technologies were also the main features of CSC both because of their practicability in an urban setting.
Symposium on MykoPlus Biofertilizer, Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Benguet, May 21. CSC’s involvement was made possible through the invitation of the MykoPlus group headed by Dr. Jocelyn T. Zarate of BIOTECH, as the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in UPLB is popularly known. This symposium was attended by about a hundred participants composed of farmers, technicians of the Department of Agriculture, and staff of Local Government Unit (LGU) coming from Regions 1 and 2. MykoPlus is a new promising low-cost biofertilizer for corn and other crops which the group is introducing to potential users, either farmers, farmer groups and institutions, and forming a new collaboration with them. CSC grabbed this opportunity to disseminate to farmers its products like corn, mungbean and vegetable seeds, papaya seedlings, and SNAP hydroponics solution.
9th CSC Anniversary, Agronomy-Soils-Horticulture Building, UPLB, May 26 to 28. CSC featured the works, products and technologies of its six divisions, namely Plant Genetic Resources, Crop Genetics and Plant Breeding, Crop Biotechnology, Crop Production and Management, Crop Physiology, and Postharvest and Seed Sciences for three days. Most conspicuous is the nipa and bamboo cottage constructed near the entrance of the building highlighting edible landscaping. The Artists’ Hallway Billboards Recognition presenting the artistic works done by some CSC staff accentuated the show.
40th IPB Anniversary, IPB Lobby, UPLB, June 5, 6, 10 and 11. Aside from the usual product-technology exhibit presentation it had year after year, highlighted this year were posters showing a number of technology adoptors who utilize IPB products from 2005 up to the present, and samples of products they have adopted, in line with the anniversary’s theme ‘agribusiness and inclusive growth’. They were Mr. Marlon A. Arjona of Liliw, Laguna who plants ‘Sinta’ papaya in his one hectare farm, the fruits of which he sells in Pasay market; the Maymatan Farmers’ Multi-purpose Cooperative of Goa, Camarines Sur which utilizes ‘Lakan 1’ cassava in a 30-hectare plantation and markets the dried chips to San Miguel Corporation and M-Meg for animal feeds; the LGU-San Mateo, Isabela which adopts ‘Pag-asa 7’ mungbean in 3,000 hectares of land and has the traders from Manila as buyers; and the Twinville Homeowners Association of Marikina City which uses SNAP Hydroponics technology in a 200 square meter-lot and trades the harvested vegetables to local residents, restaurant owners and schools. (Laureano B. Lanosia, Jr. Photo courtesy of LB Lanosia and Isidro R. Morales)
Urban Agriculture Trade Show, Rockwell, Makati City with UPLB CA Dean Domingo Angeles (in white) and CSC Deputy Director Primitivo Jose A. Santos (in red)
CSC Deputy Director PJA Santos speaks on SNAP Hydroponics in Urban Agriculture Trade Show, Rockwell, Makati City
Symposium on MykoPlus Biofertilizer, Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Benguet
9th CSC Anniversary, Agronomy-Soils-Horticulture Building, UPLB
40th IPB Anniversary, IPB, UPLB
40th IPB Anniversary, IPB, UPLB