The Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) through the Western Mindanao Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESMAARRDEC) successfully celebrated the ZamPen Native Chicken FIESTA atbp. last July 10-11, 2018 at WMSU campus grounds.
The event was intended to promote not only the ZamPen Native Chicken but also matured Science and Technology (S&T) generated by the consortium’s researchers through technology matching, product promotion, and stakeholders’ forum in order to improve its visibility and marketability both in the local and international fronts. Farm and Industries Encounters through the Science and Technology Agenda or FIESTA for brevity, is a modality that aims to bridge flow of technology not only to the farmers but also to the country’s micro, small and medium scale industries.
In her speech, USec. Brenda Nazareth-Manzano, Undersecretary for Regional Operations of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), commended WMSU and WESMAARRDEC for hosting the said activity. “The ZamPen FIESTA is a way to strengthen and sustain linkages, as well as forge new partnerships to effectively promote and bring technologies to the intended beneficiaries,” said Usec. Manzano. She also reiterated the importance of coming up with the most effective and marketable technology, and of sustaining efforts to increase the reach of R&D outputs through technology transfer and commercialization.
For his part, Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, Acting Executive Director of Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), pointed out that S&T outputs are meaningless if not adopted by farmers. He encouraged the participants to take advantage of ZamPen native chicken technology.
Dr. Teresita A. Narvaez, WESMAARRDEC director and concurrent vice president for resource generation of WMSU, spearheaded the presentation on ZamPen native chicken production. She gave a discussion on its marketing and cost return analysis. She added that from the original 42 farmer-cooperators from Mindanao who adopted the ZamPen native chicken technology, the number rose to 50 plus farmers from as far as Isabela province. Along with her are other researchers from the College of Agriculture, Dr. Rafael T. Baguio who talked about the range management and feeding system, and Ms. Ma. Jocelyn E. Cuadra who gave an overview of ZamPen native chicken production.
On top of the ZamPen native chicken, other technologies were promoted through a techno-business forum. These include itik-pinas production and balut vending discussed by Dr. Synan S. Baguio (DOST-PCAARRD); rubber root trainer technology by Mr. Ernie C. Camacho from the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office-IX (DA-RFO-IX); mushroom production discussed by Mr. Orlando O. Telmo (DA-RFO-IX); and, coral transplant technology by Mr. Arthur Panganiban (ZSCMST).
A technology and business matching/consultation followed after the presentations. The consultations aimed to better equip interested takers of the technology with knowledge on the commercial potential of the technology at hand, its profitability, including management and production options.
A symposium on Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources (AANR) R&D was also held on the second day where student-researchers from different junior and senior high schools in the city presented their researchers.
Themed “WESMAARRDEC Partnership: Showcasing S&T Work at its Prime”, the FIESTA hosted several contests such a photography, poster making, field demonstration, and culinary. An exhibit dubbed as “Tiangge de FIESTA” was also held at the WMSU Covered Court which featured other agricultural commodities from member-consortium.
The ZamPen native chicken FIESTA was graced by dignitaries from WESMARRDEC’s partner agencies such as the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). Also present were Hon. Jose Manuel M. Dalipe- District 2 representative, Dr. Milavel D. Nazario- President, Zamboanga City State College of Marine Science and Technology (ZSCMST), Hon. Martin A. Wee- Regional Director of DOST-IX, WMSU officials and students, as well as local and national media. (Liezel M. Parreño, WMSU-PAO)