The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) is set to stage this year’s 12th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition on 11-14 August 2016 at SM Mega Trade Hall 2, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

12th agri and fisheries tech

The four-day event is organized by BAR and highlights some of the important technologies generated under its National Technology Commercialization Program (NTCP), one of BAR’s banner programs. NTCP serves as a vital tool for the development of enterprises and the improvement of agriculture- and fisheries-related industries.

The technology forum and product exhibition aims to identify, disseminate, and promote mature technologies in the fields of agriculture and fisheries, and to establish and strengthen linkages and networks with private sector, non-government organizations, local government units, and other government agencies in terms of product marketing.

The event also opens opportunities for agri-prenuers and entrepreneurs to capitalize on various R&D technologies that were already developed and generated, for the farmers and fisherfolk to showcase their own produce as well as for the private sector to adopt these technologies on a commercial scale.

The event is expecting to accommodate more than 90 exhibitors showcasing various products, services, and commerciable technologies on the following categories: high-value crops, natural products/ natural ingredients for health and wellness, organic agriculture, and climate change.

Exhibitors are represented by BAR’s R&D partner institutions including DA attached agencies, staff bureaus, Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Offices (DA-RFOs), Regional Integrated Agricultural Research Centers (RIARCs), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Regional Offices (BFAR-ROs), Regional Fisheries Research and Development Center (RFRDCs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), international organizations, and private sector.

There will also be technology presentations in the form of seminars, business matching for possible partnerships, and other ventures for profitable agricultural enterprises.

Among the highlights of the event will be the launching of the audio-visual presentations of the NTCP Primer and the Technology Commercialization on Wheels, and books/publications funded under BAR’s Scientific Publication Grant (SPG).

The conduct of the technology forum coincides with the 29th BAR Anniversary celebration. ### (Ma. Eloisa H. Aquino)