Agricultural technologies find home in the regions

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The Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) brought together the technology generators and DOST Regional Offices to facilitate a technology pitching on 04 February 2019 at the Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila.

The event, “ROs Meet Tech Gens,” is a preparatory activity of the Technology Transfer Day which creates a venue to fast-track the adoption and commercialization of DOST-funded and -generated technologies.

A total of 21 technologies from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) and the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI) were presented during the event.

“We want our technologies to find home to capable adoptors,” said DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Cristina L. Guevara.

Discussed in the event are the step-by-step guide in technology transfer and adoption through the signing of the term sheets, issuance of the Fairness Opinion Report, and signing of the Technology Licensing Agreements.

Agricultural Machineries

Among the technologies presented are machines for agricultural productivity including the coffee depulper – helps reduce the breakage of coffee cherries and attain high quality coffee beans, coffee moisture meter – provides accurate results in determining the moisture content of coffee beans, peanut stripper – separates and sorts the peanut pods from the vines, and peanut sheller – separates and sorts the peanut kernels from the pods.

Innovative Infrastructures

Included in the offering are technological infrastructures for postharvest activities such as the coffee dryer which provides a drying alternative through a greenhouse-type solar dryer retrofitted with biomass furnace for coffee beans, operating at low temperature without electricity.

Moreover, the integrated postharvest facility for mango includes an automated table sorter, wash tank, hot water treatment, industrial fan, weight classifier, and table for packing.

Sustainable Nourishment

To ensure that agricultural products attain their maximum potential, it is important that their source has the optimal environment setting or nutritional status for growth and development.

Pellet feeds are bite-size pieces and nutritionally-balanced mixture of forage and grain ingredients, which provides nourishment to goats.

The protein-enriched copra meal (PECM) is the product of the bioprocessing of copra meal through solid state fermentation to improve its nutritive value.

Hi-Yeast is a yeast-based biocontrol agent (BCA) that prevents fruit and vegetable decay caused by pathogens during postharvest handling. This technology is designed as an alternative and/or supplement to reduce the use of chemicals in nature and reduce the human health and environmental risks that comes with the use of existing synthetic control agents.

Kakawate Fertilizer is an organic liquid plant supplement used for improving the flowering and fruiting of various plants including chili pepper, tomato, cucumber, eggplant, and squash.

MicroMix is a biostimulant composed of a consortium of bacteria that enhances the growth of crops, particularly bell pepper and bittergourd. It was developed as a response to the excessive use of costly chemical stimulants and fertilizers that significantly increases crop production costs.

Fraud Prevention

The meat detection kit authenticates and identifies various meats, and can be used by regulation agencies to prevent frauds in the meat industry.

Useful Wastes

To reduce wastage and environment impacts from byproducts, pineapple wastes are transformed into useful products through the forms of molded and briquetted coals for cooking, bran as feed supplements for chicken and fowls, and multi-use marinade or meat tenderizing product for food processing and other food preparation processes.

Forest Products

Forest products were also presented for the direct consumption or commercial use of stakeholders, such as the wine barrels from santol, high-pressure sap displacement (HPSD) system to force the bamboo sap out, do-it-yourself bamboo shelter, kiln for the production of bamboo charcoal, bamboo veneer lathe is for varying thickness bamboo veneers production, non-wood dryer, and dryer with heat facility for eliminating insect pests and disease-infesting wooden packaging materials.

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