GUIMARAS – Representatives from different sectors of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Province of Guimaras gathered for a Visayas Science and Technology Forum held last April 17, 2012 at GTIC Building, San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras.
Issues and concerns were raised to address problems affecting different industries in the Province. Among the industries who participated were the cutflower growers, mango growers, fish growers, rice growers and seaweed growers.
Notable implications were set on R&D and technology interventions that greatly affect the industry in terms of production and post production scheme. Owners and stockholders are positive that they would be able to seek assistance to improve their business.
One particular aspect, since Guimaras was known for its sweetest mango, was the conduct of research for possible adaptation of organic mango farming. It was discussed that the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST – PCAARD) will be extending financial assistance and consultancy to address the concern.
Mango growers believed that if they would be able to enhance capacity of producing more and quality mangoes, it would bring more jobs to Guimarasnon and that will help reduce unemployment.
DOST VI Regional Director Engr. Rowen R. Gelonga said that we should have a strategic direction to move country forward and that is through science based intervention. “One of the best ways to help boost economy is to adopt and implement technology for business and industry”, he added.
The Visayas Science & Technology Forum was one of the activities in celebration of 2012 Manggahan Festival with the theme “Unfolding Science and Technology for Agri-Tourism Development” held April 16-22, 2012. (DOST VI)