A one-day technology forum was spearheaded by DA – RFO I’s research division at the Hotelinda Suites, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur on January 30, 2020.

The conduct of the forum is second in the region which aims to showcase the results of studies conducted by the researchers of the agency. It is also a way of sharing the information resulted from their hard works that can complement and supplement the indigenous knowledge of farmers.

Through the said activity, 16 discoveries on rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock and CPAR-based technology was downloaded to agriculture stakeholders in the region.

“This activity is one way of responding to the battle cry of the DA Secretary, William D. Dar ‘Masagang Ani, Mataas na Kita’”, stated by Miss Cathy Pastor, Officer-in-charge of the Research Division as she reiterated that research and technology that does not reach the grassroots level are useless.

The techno forum was participated by over 100 extension workers, municipal agriculturists and researchers from the province of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

Former Pangasinan 3rd district representative, Hon. Eric Acuña also presented and distributed samples of AMO (Ako’y Magsasakang Organiko), a seaweed-based nano technology, that can be used as biofertilizer, pesticide, and growth enhancer by farmers.

Also present during the event was Hon. Efren Rafanan, Sr., board member and committee chair in Agriculture for the province of Ilocos Sur.