DLSU spearheads study to develop biological control for major cacao pests and diseases
The Philippines’ strategic location and favorable soil and climatic conditions make the country suitable for planting cacao. The current estimate of cacao produced in the country is 12,000 metric tons (MT). According to the Philippine Cacao Road Map developed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines, Inc., it is projected that the Philippines has the potential to produce 100,000 MT by 2020.
Protein enriched copra meal (PECM) as feed protein for tilapia, milkfish, and shrimp aquaculture
Primarily used as animal feed, copra meal is an important feed resource in the Philippines. In 2014, the Philippines produced about 750,000 metric tons of copra meal as coconut by-product. About 60% of this was locally utilized mainly as animal feed.
Like soybean meal, copra meal is technically classified as a plant-based protein feed ingredient and mainly used as source of protein and energy in mixed feed. Records from 2012 showed the Philippines has been importing about $500 million worth of soybean every year.
“Learning Watersheds” established for conservation concerns
To address the degradation and ensure the sustainability of the country’s watersheds, six watersheds located all over the country were assigned as Learning Watersheds.
Titled, National Research and Development Project for Watershed Management in the Philippines (NRDPWMP), the project is funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD).
Balik Scientist keen on encouraging the youth to pursue AANR-related courses
Dr. Emily S. Antonio, a scientist newly appointed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under its Balik Scientist Program (BSP), is keen on encouraging the youth to pursue higher studies related to agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources (AANR) sector.
In the forum titled, Strengthening Connections from Mountain to Sea through Collaborative Research and Education in Davao Gulf, Dr. Antonio presented an approach implemented by the Japanese government in partnership with universities and research agencies to address declining interest of the youth in the said sectors.