Left photo: Ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Exhibits and Bazaar at the Dadivas Gymn, Capiz State University, Roxas City, April 7, 2019 Right photo: A CAPSU Campus Journalist commissioned for the WESVAARRDEC Newsletter interviews Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, Center Head of CRERDEC.

The Western Visayas Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESVAARRDEC) held its 2nd year Fiesta in Capiz State University, Roxas City on April 8-10, 2019.  The FIESTA is an acronym for Farm and Industry Encounters through Science and Technology Agenda. The theme for this year’s Fiesta “Irimaw sa Pagtukib kag Pag –Uswag” is translated as Convergence in Research and Development.

The DENR-ERDB-CRERDEC being a member of the consortium regularly participates in all its activities and for this year’s fiesta, the delegation was headed by Center Head, Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, and R6 staff, Dinah Favila, Carmen Andaya, Noby Vela and Crispian David Castro.

The opening program which was graced by the DOST-PCAARRD Acting Executive Director Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora as keynote speaker together with heads of the different member agencies.  He emphasized that the success of our nation depends on the good relationship between research and development.

The three-day activity consisted of exhibits and bazaar featuring the consortium banner commodities; Bamboo, Mango, Darag and Muscovado.  Each day a techno forum featuring the different commodities was held to create information and promotion of each featured commodity by different member agencies and state universities. Media forum conference and radio interviews were held and attended by representatives of member agencies to further queries and clarifications regarding the four commodities.

The 1st day was the launching of the new WESVARRDEC Logo and KMC DBS Portal, Ceremonial Turnover of Darag native Chicken to the beneficiaries of Yolanda Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program and Ribbon Cutting of Fiesta Exhibit and Bazaar.

The 2nd day activities include the cooking contest for Darag native chicken, mango,and bamboo for students and chef category; Darag quiz contest for students; and techno forum for mango and green mussels technology were presented by Engr. Rhod S. Orquia-Senior Agriculturist/Research Coordinator, Bureau of Plant Industry-Guimaras National Crop Research and Dr. Diony Cahilig, Dean, College of Fisheries, Capiz State University respectively.

For the 3rd and last day, the techno forum on muscovado sugar – its sugarcane varieties, organic production, post- harvest technology was discussed by Dr. Aladino C. Moraca, President, Central Philippine State University . The techno forum on bamboo was conducted by Dr. Alicia L. Lustica. The topics presented were varieties and uses of bamboo, nursery management, care and management, bamboo rehabilitation, post – harvest  treatment and product development.

The bamboo forum was participated in by 74 participants composed of 44  females and 30 males comprising of People’s Organizations, farmers, entrepreneurs and media men. D.P. Favila, CRERDEC