ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 14, 2009) – A training on the use of Technology Assessment Protocol (TAP) has been set in Zamboanga City in Mindanao, organizers said on Thursday.
The four-day seminar, staring on May 19, aims to enable participants from various agriculture-related agencies in Western Mindanao to asses existing technologies generated by the Natural Resources Research and Development Network (NARRDN) member agencies for promotion and commercialization.
At least 27 participants are expected to attend the seminar. They will be grouped into five - composed of a technology promotion specialist, a sociologist, a technically competent expert, a communication expert and an economist or an agribusiness specialist with financial analysis capability.
Part of the seminar will be a presentation and an assessment of technologies on coco-decorticating and bailing machines by the Philippine Coconut Authority Zamboanga Research Center; Bio-N as low-cost source of nitrogenous fertilizer for corn and recommended corn hybrids by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Unit IX (DA-RFU IX). The adapters of the technologies will also be interviewed to evaluate its effectiveness.
The assessment will form a vital role, if proven effective. The technologies will be made accessible to the public. These new technologies can be the key for improved practices on coconut and corn production and achieve sustainability in the region.
Organizers said experts from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), Dr. Arturo S. Argañosa; Eduedo C. Maboo, Democrito Z. Magpantay and Lucy A. Lastimosa will be the resource speakers for the training.
The training will also be participated by Western Mindanao State University, Department of Agriculture, Philippine Coconut Authority, National Economic Development Authority, Department of Science and Technology, Western Mindanao State University-Dumingag Campus, Jose Rizal Memorial State College-Tampilisan Campus, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Fiber Industry Development Authority.
The series of workshops is organized by the Western Mindanao Agriculture, Forestry and Resources Research and Development Consortium, in cooperation with the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology, as both agencies continue to join hands in bringing change in the region through an advanced agricultural system. (With a report from Joseph Roger Subong)