PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan – Unraveling the impact of knowledge creation and technology transfer in sustaining rural development strategies, OIC-Director Luz Taposok of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), encouraged academic institutions to harmonize higher education instruction, curriculum, policies, constitutional amendments, as well as research, development and extension in the field of agriculture.
“Aside from being a yearly event, what primarily brought us here is our commonality as institutions – knowledge creation in agriculture,” she began in her keynote speech during the State Universities and Colleges – Association of Colleges of Agriculture in the Philippines (SUC-ACAP), Inc. Annual Convention.
According to Taposok, academic institutions have engaged in several internalization processes establishing support network to guarantee improvements in the agricultural education realm. However, we have remained confronted with many challenges that hamper sustainable economic and social development.
She argued, "Harmonizing higher education institutions enables us to widen the reach of effective innovations and deepen the wisdom behind practice-based technologies in farming." These will thereby develop the capacity to meet the many challenges and issues in the scope and context of agriculture.
“Since every institution has its unique means of fulfilling our responsibility to educate our youth about agriculture, we need to complement one another to solidify agricultural education across all regions,” Taposok added.
The OIC-Director also suggested to strengthen agricultural research with emphasis on innovation and sustainability.
She stated, “The long-term dilemma of poverty and hunger calls for strengthening and intensifying the demand for more relevant agricultural education schemes.”
Taposok is grateful to the efforts of the SUC-ACAP Officers, institutional members of public and private higher education institutions in forming a system of agricultural education that promotes food security concerns in trade regimes and trade policies, and revisits agricultural policies to empower local and regional agricultural markets.
“This event is anchored on the current sustainable development goals to satisfy basic human needs, enhance environmental quality, and ensure resource-efficiency,” she said.
Taposok as well shared and promoted some programs and services of the Institute such as the ladderized approach to extension, establishment of the Collaborative Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Extension System (CPAFES), and ATI’s initiative to be accredited as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provider.
Exhibits on agri-best practices, plenary discussions and field visits to innovations in agriculture were conducted during the activity.
Dubbed as “Inclusive Outcomes Improvement through Sustainable Agriculture Practice-Based Innovations,” the convention was held last May 16, 2018 at Western Philippines University.