|DR. JOVITA DATUIN and her
special salted duck eggs at the
DA-BAR exhibits at the SM
Megamall in Mandaluyong City
|DA-BAR Director Nicomedes Eleazar|
|Dr. Heraldo Layaoen and Tonito Arcangel
pose with SPV 422 sweet sorghum at the
DA-BAR exhibits at SM Megamall.
You have Saturday and Sunday (August 11 and 12, 2012) to visit the product exhibits of the Bureau of Agricultural Research at the Mega Trade Hall of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. The event marks the 25 anniversary of BAR, an agency of the Department of Agriculture.
The exhibits and technology forum started last Thursday and will end
tomorrow (Sunday, August 12). The forums consist of two sections. One is technical whereas the other is popular or non-technical.
Today, at 10:30 to 11:30, the technology forum will be tackled by Dr. Rafael Espino who will discuss “Biochemical Genetic Markers as a Tool in the Identification of Onion Varieties.” Espino is a scientist from UP Los Banos.
The nontechnical topic will be on photography which will be discussed by Antonni Cuesta of Canon Philippines.
From 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., Josephine Ramos will discuss “Cacao and Coffee: Evolving with the Emerging Consumption Trends.” Ms. Ramos is from the Ka Tribu Ug Ang Lasang Foundation, Inc.
The popular counterpart will be discussed by Dr. Fernando Sanchez Jr. of UP Los Banos. He will talk on “Edible Landscaping: The Artistic Technique of Food Crop Production.”
From 2 to 3 p.m., the technical discussion will be conducted by Dr. Emilio Cruz of Central Luzon State University. He will talk on “Commercialization of 3-Way Cross Goats for Meat Production.”
At the same time, Zac B. Sarian, agriculture editor of Manila Bulletin and owner of Teresa Orchard & Nursery, will discuss his experiences in growing and propagating Exotic Fruit Trees. He will talk about the money-making potentials of different fruit trees that include pummelos, durian, Abiu, latexless jackfruit, imported makopa, variegated orange, Longkong and Duku lanzones, different mango varieties and others.
From 3 to 4 p.m., Ma. Salvacion Ferrer will discuss “Updates on Seaweed Farming in the Philippines.” She is from the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute.
In another venue, at the same time, Dr. Jonathan Nayga of Isabela State University will talk on “Harnessing Innovative Meat Products from Chevon and Mutton.”
Sunday will be devoted to the closing and awarding ceremonies.
Of course, the exhibits will still be there the whole day for visitors to see and to buy various products from different regions of the country.
You might want to see the exhibit of black pigs by the National Swine & Poultry Research and Development Center in Tiaong, Quezon. You will meet Dr. Flomella S. Alilio-Caguicla who can tell you about the money-making possibilities of the native black pig. They are studying the different types of black pigs from the North and other parts of the country. They are continually doing selections that could result in highly desirable traits.
Raising the black native pig for lechon making is one very good possibility. The native pig grows much slower than its white counterparts. It may take four months to raise it to lechon-size of 30 kilos. That is an advantage because the resulting lechon will be more tasty because the pig would have developed more muscle. The skin would be thicker so that when it is roasted, the skin is more crisp. (It may be noted that the white pig usually attains lechon size in 45 days from birth. That means, it has not developed much muscle and the skin is thin.)
You might also want to talk to Engr. Antonio Arcangel who is the pioneer in commercializing non-biofuel products from sweet sorghum. If you are lucky, you might be able to meet Dr. Jovita Datuin with her special salted duck eggs using a highly hygienic way or processing.
Another booth you might want to see is that of IRRI. They have samples of submergence rice seeds for trial by farmers. Look for Joyce Pongan Avance and her colleagues from IRRI.
Better attend the exhibits and lectures today. You will be happy you did.