ASC to help PGA map out a sustainable agriculture
Apayao State College through its Research Development and Extension (RDE) unit will help the Provincial Government of Apayao (PGA) map out a sustainable agriculture as an offshot of the first exploratory visit and consultation with senior technical experts on August 15, 2018 at RDE Conference Hall, Luna Campus.
Vice-Governor Remy N. Albano said that Gov. Elias C. Bulut Jr. emphasized the need to seek technical assistance from experts to help the province pursue an integrated agriculture development as spelled out in its Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP). This will be the first collaborative province-led extension program in partnership with ASC-RDE dubbed as Apayao Sustainable Agriculture and Extension Program (ASAEP). In response, Dr. Nelia Z. Cauilan expressed gratitude and vowed full support to the PGA by expanding the research and extension capabilities of the College.
The team of senior agriculture experts who visited the province were: Leonardo A. Gonzales (socio-economist and team leader), Rex L. Navarro (agriculture extension expert), Santiago R. Obien (Rice expert), and Arsenio D. Calub (livestock expert). Also with them were veteran broadcasters Rogelio P. Matalang (DWDA-FM) and Arthur P. Urata, Sr. (DWDA-FM), and Juanito M. Maloom (Philrice Batac) .
Assistance will be in the form of advisory service based on the core competencies of the experts focusing in three areas: (1) technical assistance; (2) capacity building; and (3) networking and linkaging.
As an Initial move, a scoping study on agriculture in Apayao will be conducted to determine the status of agriculture in the seven (7) municipalities of the province. The data will be collected through document analysis and Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) to be synthesized and presented during the stakeholder consultation workshop.