Best practices on sugarcane production highlighted in Iloilo FIESTA

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Edgar Bantolo Noble, proprietor of Centura Muscovado Mill in Laua-an, Antique, shared best practices on sugarcane production during a techno forum about Muscovado. The techno forum is part of the Farms and Industry Encounters through the Science and Technology Agenda (FIESTA) organized by the Western Visayas Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESVAARRDEC) and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD).

Themed, “Advancing Science and Technology towards Inclusive Growth (ASTIG) in Region 6,” the FIESTA highlighted the research accomplishments of the Consortium in Darag native chicken, Muscovado, mango, and bamboo.

Noble shared the characteristics, reaction to diseases, yield potential, and other details of two varieties, PHIL 99-1793 and PHIL 97-3933 to participants of the techno forum. He also shared details on growth stages, planting distance, ash application, mulching, detrashing, and harvesting.

Conceptualized by DOST-PCAARRD, FIESTA aims to show the complete sphere of research and development as it treats with equal importance the whole agricultural value chain from production to processing to technology mainstreaming.  

Through FIESTA, PCAARRD and its partners gather the various players of agricultural R&D, primarily the technology generators, farmers, and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to showcase regional agricultural, aquatic and natural resources (AANR) technologies, innovations, products, and services; assist in the diffusion of technologies for better farming opportunities; and provide a true encounter of various research and development beneficiaries to maximize the benefits of particular products and commodities.