Interventions on sweetpotato disease management discussed in FIESTA. Grace Bakian of the Northern Philippines Root Crops Research and Training Center in Benguet State University (BSU) discusses the interventions on the prevention of sweetpotato Fusarium wilt infestation during a techno forum. The techno forum is part of the Highland Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development Consortium’s (HAARRDEC) Farms and Industry Encounters through the Science and Technology Agenda (FIESTA) held in celebration of Benguet’s Adivay Festival.
Since 2005, Benguet has celebrated its founding anniversary through its Adivay Festival, highlighting the history, culture, the arts, trade, and industry of the province. This year’s theme, “Benguet Culture, Our Future: Sustaining Cultural Identity amidst Global Changes,” aptly captures this purpose. This year marks Benguet’s 117th founding anniversary.
As 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 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.