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College of Agriculture and Food Science activated. updated. August 1-31, 2017 Official Publication of the UPLB
College of Agriculture and Food Science
activated. updated.
August 1-31, 2017
Official Publication of the UPLB College of Agriculture and Food Science
Volume 6
No. 8
CAFS’ extensionists join
ATI’s consultation
Soybean farmers
visit CAFS
T he members of the Committee on Extension and
the Unified Extension Program of the College of
T welve soybean farmers from Regions II, IV-
B, VI, IX and CARAGA visited CAFS last
Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS), headed by Dr. Mafeo
B. Bejo, participated in the consultation workshop held last
August 24 at Dioko Farm Resort, San Pablo City, Laguna in
response to the invitation of the Agricultural Training Insti-
tute (ATI).
August 9 through the soybean team of the Depart-
ment of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research
The workshop was aimed to revalidate the agriculture
and fisheries training and extension (AFE) strategic plan to-
wards the formulation of the regional AFE plans, program
and activities (PPA).
Dr. Andrew G. Gasmen, chief of the Policy and Planning
Division of the ATI Central Office, presented the national
extension agenda and programs (NEAP) for 2018-2022.
The NEAP addresses the need for a unified and harmonized
extension service among the extension providers. The state
universities and colleges (SUCs), as one of the stakeholders
in the NEAP, is mandated to primarily focus on the im-
provement of the capability of the LGU extension service
by providing training programs, technical assistance, exten-
sion cum research activities, monitoring and evaluating the
local government units’ extension programs, among others.
At the Institute of Plant Breeding, they were in-
troduced to the SNAP Hydroponics technology, a
different kind of producing veggies and herbs that
uses water and a nutrient available only at IPB. From
soil less technology, they were also toured at the
production site of the famous corn grits from IPB
Corn Variety 6. They were oriented on how the ce-
real is processed into grits using the machine devel-
oped at UPLB, how it is being prepared into different
delicacies including its benefits to one’s health.
Mariel Celeste C. Dayanghirang, ATI Region 4-A assis-
tant director, presented ATI’s thematic areas, namely: en-
hancing access to AFE knowledge products and services;
strengthening competitiveness and capacities of the agricul-
ture and fisheries sector; expanding partnerships in advanc-
ing excellence in agriculture and fisheries extension delivery;
scaling up agriculture and fisheries extension innovations;
and improving enabling environment and quality of govern-
At the Dairy Training Research Institute (DTRI),
a power point presentation about DTRI’S history, its
function, some dairy products developed by DTRI,
training courses being offered and its contribution to
the dairy industry was conducted. Likewise, the
demo area of forages which serves as source of feed
for ruminants was also shown to them. They also
toured the dairy farm, a learning laboratory for ani-
mal science and veterinary medicine students.
In the workshop proper, the participants prepared a
summary of their proposed plans, programs and activities
for 2018-2022 based on the ATI thematic programs. This
“wish list” of projects will be consolidated by ATI for revali-
dation with the concerned SUCs and to be submitted to the
ATI central office for possible funding through an
‘”approved grant system” to be launched in 2018.
The farmers also visited the processing plant of
the Institute of Food Science (IFST) where different
processing equipment are housed and where IFST
major students conduct their research work. Private
industries also avail of the services of these equip-
ment at very minimal fee. The farmers were also
treated to a taste test of the wines being processed
in the institute, like passion fruit, guyabano and big-
nay. With the pleasant aroma and flavor of these
wines, some of the visitors could not resist buying
some bottles as “pasalubong”.
Other SUCs represented in the workshop were Cavite
State University, Laguna State Polytechnic University-
Siniloan, University of Rizal System, Southern Luzon State
University-Quezon, and Polytechnic University of the Philip-
pines-Mulanay, Quezon. (Imelda M. Gesmundo)
The farmers are actually participants in the 13 th
Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and
Product Exhibition at DA-BAR, but opted to have a
one-day visit to CAFS for them to see, experience
and learn some of CAFS products, technologies and
services. The said visit was facilitated by the legumes
division of IPB under its project leader, Dr. Elmer E.
Enicola. (IM Gesmundo)

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The regional training was participated by almost 80 farmers from Region II. Also present were some faculty and staff from CSU-Piat campus, Nueva Vizcaya State

IPB conducts training on crop research methods

T en participants from different institutions and state universities/colleges in the country

attended a training course on crop research method- ologies and laboratory techniques conducted by the Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB) last August 21- 25.

University and Quirino State University, and some em- ployees of the municipal agriculture offices in the area.

Dr. Angeles considered the training as timely in view of the current challenges on ruminant production (e.g. low milk and meat production). “There is a pres- sure in the academe to take a pro-active role to in-

DTRI personnel taught

Work together!” This virtue was emphasized to

Sponsored by PHILCHEMA, in cooperation with

This seminar is deemed very timely as DTRI needs

In summary, Pastor Baldo emphasized that living the

Funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Devel- opment (PCAARRD), the week-long course provided the participants with essential working knowledge on the different methodologies and laboratory tech- niques in conducting research projects in their re- spective agencies.

Topics discussed by IPB researchers included basic and practical approaches in crop research, field plot and blocking techniques, research design and analysis, applications of in-vitro gene banking, tissue culture techniques, laboratory biosafety standards and requirements, diseases and antibody/nucleic acid-

based detection of plant pathogens, mutation breed- ing, and biochemical/molecular characterization of crops.

A field trip to Hortanova Farms of East-West Seed Company and Lipa Agriculture Experiment Sta- tion, both in Lipa City, Batangas, was conducted for the participants to learn the activities being done by these institutions. (Laureano B. Lanosia, Jr.)

DTRI director & forage expert train farmers on forage production

crease farm productivity”, he said. “Directly engaging the farmers is a straight forward approach to know their needs and thereby propose solutions to improve their farm practices and subsequently their standard of living”, he concluded. (Menandro M. Loresco and Myrna S. Galang)

living the Gung-Ho Way

the faculty and staff of DTRI by Pastor Jojo Y. Baldo during the Gung-Ho seminar held last August 30- 31 at the College of Veterinary Medicine building.

the Lighthouse Leadership Institute, the two-day activity was aimed to impart to the participants led by DTRI Director Angeles the concept of Gung-Ho, a Mandarin word “honghe” which literally means “work together”.

the best efforts from its staff to work together with its new director in view of the restructuring of the College of Agriculture, now College of Agriculture and Food Science. Pastor Baldo explained that the seminar is a Personal Life Management program. He emphasized that “people think of changing humanity, but nobody thinks of changing himself”. It is therefore hoped that with this

  • D r. Amado A. Angeles, director of the Dairy Training and Research Institute (DTRI), and

activity, the participants “would be part of those who believe that the inner transformation of their lives is a

Menandro M. Loresco, ruminant nutrition expert at DTRI, served as trainors for the farmers during the “Regional Training and Capability-Building on Forage

goal worthy of best effort”. The seminar involved lec- ture/discussion, video viewing, singing, short prayers, sharing of experiences and team building games. There

Establishment, Utilization and Management for Resili- ent Livestock Production” held at the Cagayan State University (CSU) Lal-lo Campus last August 16-18. Dr. Angeles discussed the principles and practices in feed formulation and feeding management for rumi- nants. He also presented the more advanced feed technology, the total mixed ration (TMR) which pro- vides complete nutrition in every bite.

Loresco , a specialist on forage production and conservation, discussed pasture establishment, forage production and feed preservation for small and com- mercial livestock operations. He also supervised the practicum on pasture establishment and silage making during the two afternoon sessions.

were no dull moments for two days among the partici- pants. Everybody participated in all the games, some were seriously talking or listening during the processing of games and group activities, laughed aloud when jokes were cracked and some cried in some parts of the seminar, especially towards the end of the session.

Gung-Ho way means having: 1) healthy, life-giving mind- set, 2) dynamic determination, 3) disciplined habits, 4) purposed-driven life, and 5) healthy spirituality. Each of these topics were discussed with sharing from the par- ticipants. He was hopeful that, after the seminar, every- one can say, “Today and every day, I am going to be a better version of myself”. (MS Galang)

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Dr. Filma C. Calalo, assistant professor, ASI; attend- ed a roundtable discussion on the establishment of the Southeast Asian Rural Advisory Services as side event in the 2017 Annual Global Forum for Rural Advisory Ser- vices Meeting (GFRAS) in Jakarta, Indonesia; August 23-

Dr. Rommel C. Sulabo, professor, Institute of Ani- mal Science (IAS); served as resource speaker for the Peak Finishing Program of Elanco Animal Health in Ma- laysia; August 19-26

Dr. Gina V. Pangga, associate professor, Agricultural Systems Institute (ASI); presented a paper titled, “Char Quality Generated from Pyrolytic Cook Stove for Rural Scale Production of Biochar” at the International Con- ference on Organic Agriculture in the Tropics in Yogya- karta, Indonesia; August 19-25

Dr. Christian Joseph R. Cumagun, professor, Insti- tute of Weed Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology (IWEP); currently attending a research fellowship at the University of Goettingen, Germany; August 15, 2017 to August 14, 2018

Dr. Gil L. Magsino, director, National Crop Protec- tion Center (NCPC); served as resource person on herbicide resistance, potential of gene and international experience on establishing, implementing and monitor- ing weed resistance management and best practices in Hoa Binh, Vietnam; August 2-5

Dr. Merdelyn C. Lit, scientist I, Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB); attended the workshop on Insect Re- sistance Management of Genetically Modified Organism in Hoa Binh, Vietnam; August 2-5


With these equipment now installed, the DTRI dairy processing plant now has a 500-liter per hour processing capacity for research utiliza- tion and production of better quality dairy prod- ucts for consumers. (Angelo M. Tapia/MS Galang)

In 2014, the Animal and Dairy Sciences Clus- ter (ADSC) submitted a project proposal for the upgrading of its dairy facilities at the DTRI to for- mer Chancellor Rex Victor O. Cruz. This year, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. finally ap- proved the release of some funds for this project titled “Modernizing the Dairy Production, Pro- cessing and Quality Control Facilities of ADSC- CA UPLB Towards a Globally Competitive Philip- pine Dairy Industry”.

Cream Separator - a centrifuge type solid- retaining model with a skimming capacity of 0.05% fat residual in skim milk.

Homogenizer - designed with two-stage ho- mogenizing arrangement with a maximum working pressure of 175 bar

Pasteurizer - equipped with a multi-section plate-type heat exchanger with hygienic stain- less steel flow plate capable of heating milk up to 90 o C

A s part of the Dairy Training and Re- search Institute (DTRI)’s modernization plan, the following equipment were recently ac- quired:

DTRI acquires new dairy processing equipment