2018 Corn and Cassava Projects Review

 

 

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), in collaboration with National Corn Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA), spearheaded the conduct of the “2018 National Review of Corn and Cassava Projects” on 24-26 October 2018 in Quezon City.

A total of 21 corn and cassava R&D projects were subjected for review. The purpose of the activity was to assess and evaluate whether the objectives of the projects were met based on the agreed scopes, timeline and targets given; and to present the projects’ accomplishments to determine how effectively they were implemented.

BAR Technology Commercialization Division Head Anthony B. Obligado delivered the opening message, in behalf of BAR Director Nicomedes Eleazar. In his message, he cited some of the significant projects on corn and cassava that the bureau has supported including the Site-specific Nutrient Management (SSNM) for corn and cassava; the CGUARD (Corn Germplasm Utilization thru advanced Research and Development) program; development of detection kit for cassava phytoplasma diseases (CPD); screening of NSIC registered cassava varieties; and 5) development of improved biofertilizers on cassava, among others.

Other highlights of the activity were the viewing of mini exhibits featuring project posters and display of traditional corn varieties collected from each regions and cassava value-added products such as cassava chocolate cookies, cassava grates, extruded cassava chips, cassava puffs that are developed from the projects.

The National Corn and Cassava Program is one of the banner programs of DA that aims to increase the production of quality corn and cassava for human consumption, feeds, and industrial uses as well as empower corn and cassava farmers.

In support to this program, BAR supported and coordinated a total of 217 corn and cassava projects. Of which 126 are completed and 91 are on-going projects. ###

Group photo of guests and participants during the “2018 National Review of Corn and Cassava Projects”.

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