Agri chief calls for relevant researches
New Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar has called for relevant researches in the agriculture sector, saying technology utilization and agribusiness linkages could help ensure a more productive Philippine agriculture.
As such, Dar instructed the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) to create a Research for Development Paradigm (R4D), a strategy to be used by the department in developing researches needed by farmers, fishers and agribusiness partners.
“Wag na natin gawin iyong mga research na walang relevance. The output of our researches should benefit not only the farmers and fishers but should also be utilized by agri-preneurs,” Dar said.
Under his leadership, the department will follow value-chain approach. He said the state universities and colleges (SUCs), who wish for project grant from the agency should follow the principles being undertaken such as: Is it inclusive? Is it needed by farmers and fishers? Can it be used and technically upscale? Can it be utilized by the agribusiness industries?
“It should have relevance because it would be such a waste if the results of our researches will not be used by farmers or the private sectors,” he further said.