Research and development focus for agriculture, natural resources set

A UNIT of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) engaged in research and development (R&D) for the agriculture, aquatic and natural resource sectors has identified specific fields on which it will focus its efforts.

The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) said in a statement last Dec. 6 that it has adopted “industry strategic science and technology (S&T) plans” (ISPs) for 34 sectors.

PCAARRD said this development supports the government’s thrust to develop these sectors in order to help hasten economic development.

The sectors are divided into five groups, namely:

• inland aquatic resources, covering aquatic feeds, milkfish, mud crab, native catfish, shrimp/tiger prawn, and tilapia;

• marine resources, consisting of abalone, blue swimming crab, ocean environmental concerns, sardines, sea cucumber, seaweeds, and tuna;

• livestock, composed of broiler, dairy buffalo, duck, feed resources, goat, layer chicken and swine;

• crops, covering abaca, banana, coconut, coffee, legumes (peanut and mung bean), mango, rice, root crops, rubber, sugarcane, tropical fruits (jackfruit, papaya, durian, pineapple) and vegetables; and

• forestry, consisting of bamboo, industrial tree plants, and inland environmental concerns (watershed, climate change, and biodiversity).

The PCAARRD ISP site (http://www.pcaarrd.dost.gov.ph/home/isp) enumerates these sectors, with links to pages providing each one’s background, as well as issues and concerns, science and technology initiatives, promotion and technology transfer, capability-building, as well as partners per region.

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