|Dr. Primitivo Santos of IPB-UPLB explains to Ms. Luli Arroyo on SNAP Hydroponics during her visit to the BAR booth during the PTTC Exhibit. (photo by eagron)|
In line with its mission to improve the livelihood of the Filipino farmers through the use of productivity-enhancing and sustainable technologies, the Bureau of Agricultural Research participated in the Technology Partnering Forum 2010 to showcase ready-to-use-technologies to farmers, investors, licensees and technology commercialization professionals at the Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC) on 22 to 24 February 2010.
The event was organized by the Technology Resource Center of the Department of Science and Technology (TRC-DOST) to showcase the largest collections of technologies coming from the country’s top universities, research institutions and the private sector.
The event was intended to provide prime professional development and networking opportunities for emerging companies by facilitating technology and venture development through linkages at the science-business interface. It also provides a platform for the creation and development of new business enterprises that can generate employment opportunities and spur economic growth around the country through technology partnerships.
Among the technologies promoted by BAR during the forum were different product lines developed from the indigenous Philippine oregano that are now available in the market, and the affordable and easy to set-up hydroponics technology developed through the simple nutrients addition program or SNAP.
|DOST Secretary Estrella Alabastro reads info materials on oregano products and its healthful benefits, which were showcases at the BAR booth during the exhibit. (photo by eagron)|
The event also featured a “techno biz idea challenge”, a business idea contest which is designed to enhanced and hone the creativity and entrepreneurial skills of the youth who aspire to be technology entrepreneurs, and the “innovation opportunity camp” where participants explore entrepreneurship as a career option.
Gracing the event were Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro of DOST and the President’s Representative, Ms Evangelina Lourdes “Luli” M. Arroyo – Bernas, who led the untying of commemorative chimes and the formal opening of the program. In the Dr. Alabastro’s message, she said that this activity is very important for the community to attain its technology agenda. It is likewise an opportunity for the country’s top universities and research institutions to promote their ready to use technologies. “I believe that economic progress can be achieved – if we all work together to attain this goal” Dr. Alabastro said.