CLAARRDEC fiesta showcases local agri-aqua products
(by Jett Molech G. Subaba  10/5/2017)

The Central Luzon Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development Consortium (CLAARRDEC) conducted its first Farms and Industry Encounters through Science and Technology Agenda or FIESTA on September 26-29, 2017 at the CLSU Multi-Purpose Gym, showcasing the region’s agri-aqua products.

This group of 30-member-institutions has converged all the technology generators, researchers and scientists in the region to this one occasion to have a personal encounter with the farmers, entrepreneurs, students, development workers and other stakeholders.

CLAARRDEC FIESTA capitalizes on technology transfer and commercialization of local agri-aqua products like rice, onion, garlic, tilapia, livestock, and mango. It also campaigns modern agriculture�"through the exhibits, trade fairs, seminars, forums, symposium and contests conducted in the FIESTA�"as an answer to help increase the farmer’s resource-use efficiency and productivity.

During the opening ceremony, prominent people in the region’s R&D community were present. President Tereso A. Abella of Central Luzon State University welcomed all the participants and lauded the FIESTA as a great opportunity for students to be encouraged in choosing agriculture-related courses.
He added his plans for the agriculture programs in the university, to have a paradigm shift very soon into agripreneurship.

Deputy Director Edwin Villar of PCAARRD and Hon. Rommel C. Padilla, Nueva Ecija Board Member also delivered their inspirational messages.

The keynote speaker, DA Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol was not able able to grace the event but he was represented by BFAR Regional Director Willy Cruz.

On his speech, Piñol commended the hardwork of CLAARRDEC in the generation, utilization and commercialization of appropriate agri-fishery technologies in Central Luzon. He also lauded the conduct of the FIESTA as a product of the R&D efforts of CLARRDEC members.

“This fiesta plays a very important part in our research efforts here in Region III, because this will serve as a showcase of the technologies we created and developed to increase the productivity of our farmers and agri-entrepreneurs here in our region,” Cruz quoted.

Piñol emphasized that knowledge transfer involves interaction between people and institutions, which the CLAARRDEC FIESTA has achieved. He concluded his speech with a campaign towards unity for achieving the endeavors of the Agriculture sector in the country.

Cultural groups of CLSU like the Gintong Ani Philippines and Student Cultural Society rendered their fiesta-themed presentations which intensifies the celebration.

There were more than 270 registered participants who attended the opening of the CLAARRDEC FIESTA, coming from all parts of the Region.

PHilMech, as one of the CLAARRDEC members, was actively involved from preparations to actual conduct of the event.