By Ma. Cristina C. Arayata
MANILA, July 13 (PNA) - How can science and technology (S&T) work in agri-aqua-natural resource commodities? How can these improve the productivity, quality and profitability of the said commodities? How can S&T help farmers and fishermen raise their standards of living?
All these will be answered by the Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) through an exhibit, which will be mounted at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City on July 24-28, the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW).
Mud crabs, bananas, abaca, goat and plant growth promoters are among the featured commodities.
Ruby Hechanova, a professor at Sultan Kudarat State University, will share the relevance of Halal goat industry to Muslims, and how science was infused to Halal goat production to ensure authenticity.
Meanwhile, according to the DOST-Philippine Nuclear Institute, plant growth promoter involves the use of radiation-modified oligo-kappa-carrageenan from algae/seaweed and oligo-chitosan from crab and shrimp shell for crops yield and nutrient intake, resistance to bacteria and disease.
PCAARRD will showcase how S&T resulted to the development, rehabilitation and improvement of abaca varieties. The agency and partners, as well as University of the Philippines- Los Banos have tapped S&T to address major problems in the abaca industry.
A video of Benham Rise will also be featured. According to the DOST, Benham Rise was declared part of the Philippine Extended Continental Shelf, and is now under the PCAARRD-funded program, Exploration, Mapping and Assessment of Deep Water Areas. (PNA)