In support to the celebration of the 31st founding anniversary of the Southern Mindanao Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development Consortium (SMAARRDEC) where ERDB-MDARRC is a member, the Consortium invited its member-agencies to a free 4-day exhibit showcasing the technologies of the different member-agencies and providing a 3x2m exhibit booth with facilities. The theme of the celebration is “Wow Fiesta Cacao sa Davao” held at Honey’s Hotel, Mati, Davao Oriental on August 22-25, 2018.The exhibit aims to improve the visibility and marketability of technologies generated and expose the consortium member agencies and PCAARRD among regional and national audiences through product showcases, specialized media partnership and other alliances.
The ERDB-MDARRC booth showcased the technology on Hi-Q Vam1 as soil ameliorant, where the treated and non treated Molave seedlings were displayed. There were IEC materials that were distributed such as leaflets and brochures on rattan, bamboo, mining RDE projects, Management and control of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) such as Buyo-buyo (Piper aduncum L.), and distribution of complementary Hi-Q Vam1and its Guide to application during the exhibit. Other technologies from different member agencies were also displayed. Many environmentalists, tree farmers, researchers and reforestation enthusiasts were interested on the technology of Hi-Q Vam1 of ERDB.
Simultaneous with the exhibit were lectures on How-Tos of Growing Cacao spearheaded by SMAARRDEC since cacao is one of the top commodities being promoted. There were 15 exhibitors who participated coming from different SMAARRDEC member-agencies such as LGUs. GOs, and SUCs. Maria Grace P. Moralde, MDARRC