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balita.ph April 29, 2015 4:30 am
By Danny O. Calleja
PILI, Camarines Sur, April 28 (PNA) – Three Bicolano youths have qualified to become future fisheries industry leaders for passing the Fisheries Scholarship Program (FSP) competitive examinations given last February to top 10 graduating high school students nationwide.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Director for Bicol Dennis del Socorro here on Tuesday identified the lucky Bicolano youth examination passers and scholarship qualifiers as Kessie Gonzalga and Markanjo Bandola, both of the Bagolatao High School of Minalabac, Camarines Sur, and Marvin Duque of the Del Carmen Memorial High School in Casiguran, Sorsogon.
The examinations, administered by examiners from the BFAR Central Office assisted by the regional FSP coordinators and Provincial Fishery Officers, were given in a multiple-choice format in subject areas such as Abstract Reasoning, English, Mathematics, Science (Chemistry, Physics, Natural Science) and Fisheries.
A total of 1,066 examinees took the qualifying test called the Nationwide Competitive Examinations for the Industry Leaders in 24 strategic testing centers all over the country, Del Socorro said.
Under the scholarship program, the three Bicolano youths were among the 48 — three each coming from 16 regions of the country — who will pursue a four-year Bachelor of Science in Fisheries course to commence on the first semester of school-year 2015-2016.
Del Socorro said a scholar under this program was entitled to privileges such as free tuition and other school fees, Php3,000 monthly stipend; Php2,000 semestral book allowance; practicum transportation expenses not to exceed Php3,000; Php7,000 thesis support; and Php1,500 graduation support.
The scholarship grant is a program of the BFAR aimed at generating sufficient number of manpower to serve the fisheries industry and to assist deserving high school students in their pursuit of higher education.
Apart from the FSP, BFAR also offers the Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant (FCEG) under the Youth in Agriculture and Fisheries Program (YAFP), which is designed in furtherance of the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act.
The Act, according to Del Socorro, mandates the Department of Agriculture and the National Agriculture and Fisheries Council, in collaboration with other concerned agencies, to expand its existing program for scholarships for degree and non-degree training in agriculture and fisheries.
The educational grant is specifically designed for capable and deserving youth, particularly the children of smallholder farmers and marginal fishermen, in order to encourage and support their studies, services and professional careers in agriculture and fisheries.
It is also aimed at producing new kind of farmers and fisheries professionals who are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills and possess the right attitude in putting up agribusiness enterprises.
As a matter of guiding principles in the implementation, Del Socorro said, the FCEG was open to all deserving children of small farmers and fisherfolk and enlists the expertise of state universities and colleges in providing quality education for these children.
In implementing the YAFP, the DA believes that providing scholarship will attract young talented persons to go into agriculture and fishery professions, he said. (PNA)
Source: Three Bicolano youths qualify as future fisheries industry leaders
da.gov.ph; 27 April 2015
The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) has come up with three types of organic solutions for controlling pests and fungi, which all have promising potential for mass use in the country.
“These three ‘emerging technologies’ are a product of the continued research and development (R&D) of PhilMech into non-chemical solutions for use in farming. Once these technologies are fully commercialized, the Philippines can improve the quality and safety of its food products,” said PhilMech Executive Director Rex Bingabing.
The three “emerging technologies” of PhilMech in the field of bio-control for pests and fungi are Biofungicide Th-DGA02, Biofungicide 8a-DGA14, and Biopesticide Piper betle L. After thorough testing with the R&D collaborators of PhilMech, any of the three technologies can be readied for commercialization in the next few years.
Biofungicide Th-DGA02 is a formulation containing biologically pure culture of Trichoderma harzianum that has strong anti-fungal properties, and during lab tests has shown effectiveness against the banana crown rot disease. Meanwhile, Biofungicide 8a-DGA14 is from a biologically pure culture of a novel strain of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens DGA14, and can be used to inhibit the fungi that causes the banana crown rot disease.
On the other hand, Biopesticide Piper betle L is a volatile oil extracted from Piper betle leaves in 30-percent dust formulation. It is effective against the cowpea beetle which can destroy bean harvests; lesser grain borer which can damage grains; and the corn weevil which targets corns and other grains.
Bingabing said PhilMech developed the three organic-based controls as the agency’s contribution to make food products safer for consumption in the Philippines, and to help boost the exports of bananas to other countries.
“Today, the most widely used measure to control the banana crown rot disease and pests found in uncooked food products is to use chemical solutions. However, the long-term health implications of using chemicals to control fungi and pests in farm products cannot be ignored,” Bingabing said.
He added that PhilMech continues to do research work on indigenous Philippine plants that can possibly have active ingredients that can help control common pests and fungi in food products.
Earlier investigations by PhilMech showed a reduction of fungal and insect activities when extracts from native plants like Bituon, Bangbangsit, Anobrang, Hagonoy and Bayating were tested on grains that were stored.
The biocontrol agents developed by PhilMech can be very useful for organic farming practitioners.Organic products are becoming popular because more people are opting to consume chemical- and pesticide-free products which are safer and more environment friendly. This is also in support of the National Organic Agriculture Program of the DA. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcal is the main author of the Republic Act No. 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, which provides for the development and promotion of organic agriculture in the country. # # # (DA-PhilMech Communication Team)
Engr. Rex Bingabing Executive Director, PhilMech
Contact No. 09163837364
Source: PhilMech readies three bio-organic solutions