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With the advent of high yielding hybrid varieties of corn and favorable market, farmers shifted to corn-corn production cropping pattern. Hence, drastic reduction on the peanut production in Cagayan Valley particularly in Isabela province resulted to massive and substantial increase of importation since 1997.



The demand for banana for domestic consumption alone for the region could not hardly be met by these banana farmers due to yield decline of banana. Low production is due to BBTV and other pest and disease infestations and poor production management. Hence, intervention such as this is proposed.

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Goat and sheep production is a growing livestock production enterprise in Region 02 as more livestock raisers are getting aware of the relative benefits of production. It has the potential of growing into a major industry provided problems affecting production and marketing are properly addressed.



Among all regions, region 02 is leading as it produces about 21% of the national total production. It supplies the biggest bulk of corn in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon areas where most of the livestock and poultry industries and feed mills are concentrated.

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  For more than three decades now, the CAGAYAN VALLEY AGRICULTURE AND RESOURCES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CONSORTIUM (CVARRD), a conglomerate of 17 agencies and academic institutions, has strived to figure as a potent partner of farmers in realizing decent real income by unifying and focusing agencies' research and development efforts in region 2.

     CVARRD thus envisions "A regional Center of Excellence in research and technology management providing leadership and policy dir ection in advancing the agriculture, forestry, environment and natural resources sectors to significantly contribute to sustainable development the improvement of the quality of the people in Cagayan Valley." The consortium upholds its "...commitment to provide and implement inter-institutional mechanisms that can effectively focus and harness the R&D capabilities, programs and resources of various institutions in the Cgayan Valley Region towards the attainment of goals and aspirations of its people." CVARRD is the product of continuing mergers and collaborations. In September 10, 1976, the Cgayan Valley Research Agricultural Research Complex (CVARC) emerged through a MOA between the Philippine Council for Agricultural Resources Research (PCARR), the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and the Cagayan Valley Institute of Technology (CVIT). CVARC was renamed Cagayan Valley Integrated Agricultural Research System (CVIARS) on Novmember 17, 1978, as a result of the merging of CVIT and the Isabela State College of Agriculture (ISCA) earlier in June 1978, into the Isabela State University (ISU). ISU was identified as a Regional Center under the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) national network of research centers and stations.

      The CVIARS setup was a partnership of ISU with BPI, the Philippine Tobacco Administration (PTA), and the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), to pump prime development programs of region 2. In five years, more agencies in region 2 became members of CVIARS, i.e., the Cagayan State University (CSU), the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Nueva Vizcaya State Institute of Technology (NVSIT), and the National Development Authority (NEDA).

      CVIARS had since remained as the mechanism for planning, coordinating, implementing, and monitoring and evaluation of research activities on agriculture and natural resources in region 2 until November 25, 1988, when CVIARS was converted into a research consortium with the name it bears to this day, the Cagayan Valley Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (CVARRD). It is the same that reaped for region 2 the prestigious annual UGNAY AWARD which recognized CVARRD as the best consortium in the country in 1988, 2000, 2001, and 2002. With its four-time win, region 2's consortium has bagged the most number of UGNAY AWARDS, to this date.

    The consortium therefore continues to strive towards its vision, through persistence for potent partnership between and among members, i.e., BaSCo, CSU, DA-ATI, DA-BAR, DA-RFU 2, DENR-RO2, DOST-RO2, ERDB, ISU, MGB, NEDA-RO2, NTA, NVSU, PCARRD, QSC, and ULS. The latest addition to its member agencies is the Mabuwaya Foundation, Inc.



           Date                                   Activities

March 7-8

Training on FITS Information Systems
for CSU-PMA Covered FITS Centers
Cagayan State University
Carig, Tuguegarao City

March 13

Gender and Development Forum
De Venecia Hall, Isabela State University  
Echague, Isabela

March 15

Pre-Training Meeting with the Stakeholders
ISU-SM-HARBEST Collaborative Program
Valmayor Hall, CVARRD Complex
Isabela State University
Echague, Isabela

March 25

112th  RRDCC Meeting
Valmayor Hall, CVARRD Complex,
Isabela State University
Echague, Isabela