MARAMAG, Bukidnon – Crisis on food insufficiency and poverty may potentially be solved through well-planned and coordinated research actions and sustained support for agricultural research, development and extension (RDE).
This was the main point of OIC-Director Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in her keynote speech during the 6th Research, Development and Extension Week (RDEW) of the Central Mindanao University (CMU).
“All the things we do today are once systems of knowledge established through research and disseminated effectively through series of extension interventions,” Taposok remarked.
She also indicated, “In comparison to a human body, research is the mind and extension is the heart of agricultural development.”
According to her, what is built in the mind translates to the heart and stimulating the heart and mind results into action. Hence, she is encourages the academic institutions and stakeholders to strengthen RD&E even more to continue adopting innovative strategies and proactive policies for food production.
“The interconnection of research, education and extension, accompanied by actual or practical experiences, leads to more relevant and value-added programs that are cost and resource efficient,” she stressed.
While the OIC-Director pushes for the strengthening of RD&E, she as well reminded key institutions to coordinate with one another.
She congratulated CMU for their undertaking in communicating their RD&E milestones with other stakeholders. She stated, “This celebration of CMU is a huge step to achieving well-coordinated RDE agenda and to foster an environment of support in creating, disseminating and extending knowledge and best practices in the agricultural fabric.”
The farmer-scientist forum, techno-demonstrations, techno-promotions, technology and clinic matching, displays and exhibits are some of CMU’s measures in promoting a research-based agriculture program throughout the country.
Moreover, Taposok shared few information on ATI’s programs that have also undergone series of research and constant monitoring and evaluation processes. These include the ladderized approach to extension services, e-extension learning programs for agriculture and fisheries, as well as the on-going consultations on the establishment of the Collaborative Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Extension System (CPAFES).
Aimed at upholding academic excellence through RD&E, the 6th RDEW of CMU organized by its research and extension team was held last April 2, 2018.
Prior to the event, Taposok graced the 4th Regular Monthly Meeting and Awarding of Learning Sites Certificate in ATI-Regional Training Center X in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental.