Groundbreaking of ISU’s AI and Cacao Processing Centers



Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) OIC-Assistant Director Digna L. Sandoval, representing Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar, graced the groundbreaking ceremonies of Isabela State University’s (ISU) Artificial Insemination (AI) Center and Cacao Processing Center on 25 October 2018 at ISU, Echague, Isabela.

Joining Asst. Dir. Sandoval in the groundbreaking ceremonies were: Dr. William C. Medrano, ISU vice president for research and development, extension and training; Dr. Pedrita N. Medrano, university director for extension and training; Dr. Joel Reyes, dean of the ISU-College of Agriculture; and Dr. Perlita P. Raymundo, professor, ISU’s College of Agriculture.

The Artificial Insemination Center aims to enhance the quality of beef and cattle products produced in Cagayan Valley which produces an average of 184,000 cattle per year. Meanwhile, the Cacao Processing Center will help improve the value chain of cacao products produced in Isabela and expand its market reach in the nearby regions.

The two Centers were funded by BAR through its Institutional Development Grant (IDG), one of the programs of the bureau that strengthens the R&D capabilities of research-implementing institutions by providing funding support for the acquisition of modern laboratory equipment and for the construction and renovation of research facilities.

The R&D facilities were expected to be fully operational in 2019. ###

Dr. William Medrano (left), ISU vice president for research and development, extension and training; and OIC-Asst. Director Digna Sandoval of BAR (center) leading the groundbreaking ceremony of the AI Center.

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