The UPLB College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS), through its institutes and centers, put up a four-day exhibit at the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) as part of the week-long celebration of the 108th CAFS Foundation Day.
The exhibit was formally opened last March 7 through a cutting of the ribbon by Atty. Cristela Wednesday N. Padua, consultant for Legal Affairs of the office of Sen. Cynthia A. Villar. She was assisted by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. and Dean Enrico P. Supangco. Also present in the said activity were representatives from various UPLB units, government agencies and private companies/individuals.
With its theme, “Strengthening Academe Industry Partnership Towards Inclusive Growth in Agriculture”, the exhibit showcased different products, technologies and services of CAFS. At the entrance of the exhibit area, displayed as a backdrop is a photo paper visual about the newly restructured College of Agriculture and Food Science with its five degree granting institutes and four research, development and extension (RDE) institutes and centers. A display of information, education and communication materials being produced by the CAFS Publications Section, including price list of books available at CAFS Bookstore, were provided for visitors to see. Likewise, recent issues of the Philippine Agricultural Scientist Journal were also made available.
At the Institute of Plant Breeding booth came a wide array of vegetable seeds, legume seeds, fruit crops, soil-less production of vegetables through SNAP Hydroponics, sinta papaya seedlings, hibiscus hybrids, different accessions of taro (Colocasia esculenta), corn grits with its corn sinukmani which was introduced to the public through a taste test. The Institute of Crop Science (ICropS) booth has a display of its edible landscaping model, tissue cultured bananas and orchids. The Postharvest Horticulture Training and Research Center (PHTRC) had displayed tarpaulins including some samples showing how to extend the storage life of horticultural crops, various methods of increasing the shelf life of perishable crops and innovative ways throughout the handling chain. For the Agricultural Systems Institute (ASI) booth, displayed as backdrop were tarpaulin posters of its RDE programs and a display of its soil test kit. The National Crop Protection Cluster (NCPC) and the Institute of Weed Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology (IWEP) showcased their respective crop protection test kits and bio-pesticides. The Institute of Food Science and (IFST), the Dairy Training and Research Institute (DTRI) and Institute of Animal Science (IAS) had their display of their fruit wine, ube powder, dairy products and processed meat products, respectively.
Notable individuals who visited the exhibit were no less than the Netherlands Ambassador to the Philippines, Marion Derckx and UP President Danilo L. Concepcion. Students from UP Rural High School, Maquiling School Inc. and Los Baños National High School also viewed the exhibit. (Written by Imelda M. Gesmundo, photo courtesy of OPR)