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The Institute of Agricultural Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (IATES) of SPAMAST Buhangin campus is now preparing to build a multiplier farm for livestock.

SPAMAST, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Region XI-Livestock Division, will establish a multiplier farm with an allocated budget of 1.2M that will have domesticated animals raise in an agricultural setting to produce commodities such as food. Since the campus is practicing agricultural innovations as it offers programs related to farming and business such as Bachelor of Agricultural Technology and Bachelor of Science in Agri-business, the project will be a great help to students to learn by doing.

As SPAMAST claims to make itself independent in terms of self or income generating projects, the said multiplier farm becomes an opportunity for the institution to earn and explore prospects with others. – Sheena Love Estilloso

    SPAMAST received the approval from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for the implementation of the P8.5M program entitled, “Community-Based S & T Technopreneurship Enterprise-based Agriculture and Aqua-Marine (CB-TEAM) in Davao Region.”

    CB-TEAM in Davao Region covered September 2017 until August 2019.

   The program generally aims the productivity and improvement of farmers and fisherfolks in Davao Region through the adoption of good agricultural management practices and organic farming technologies implemented under farmer/fisherfolks-approach agricultural extension modality.

    Specifically, it targeted to assess the socio-demographic and economic characteristics of the farmers and fisherfolks in selected project sites, existing farm management practices, problems and constraints encountered related to farming/fishing; and determine the geographic locations and areas of existing farms and characterize the biophysical conditions of the existing areas and establish database.

    Second, it aimed to establish 80 vegetable farms with 1000 sq.m./farm; 20 sea cucumber production farms; 10 fish processors; 10 goat farms; 10 poultry farms (native chickens); 10 pig farms; 25 coffee farms (0.25 ha each); 25 cacao farms (0.25 ha. each); and 20 cardaba farm evenly distributed in Davao Region.

    Third, to establish a 3.0 hectares “Farmer Business Enterprise School” at SPAMAST Production and Research Station showcasing a complete farm business package technology with the following features: vegetable production, fruit production, herb garden, crop/seed/seedling production nursery, poultry farm, goat farm and pig farm, food (agri and fishery product) processing, and TESDA Training site.

    Fourth, program to provide 500 (250 farm demonstration cooperators and 250 next in-line beneficiaries) small scale farmers and fisherfolks in Davao Region better access to the knowledge, skills and services in Agriculture and other allied activities so as to increase the Agriculture production and thereby elevate their decision making abilities and socioeconomic status;

     Fifth, document extension modalities in Davao Region and conduct press releases to showcase success stories of “Magsasakang Negosyante.”

     Sixth, establish market and conduct supply and market chain analysis for GAP and GMP produced fresh and processed agriculture and fishery products.

     The expected outcomes are food security and reduced poverty, and the increase by 25% from the P19,967 annual poverty threshold. The project leader is Dr. Dela Grace Bacaltos. –Ma. Regina E. Robante

 

 

    The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) approved another P9.5M project for SPAMAST entitled “Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Native Chicken in Davao Region,” under the CHED-DARE TO program which will be implemented for two (2) years.

    Project duration started June 16, 2017 until June 15, 2019.

   The project was actually a component of the implemented internally-funded project of SPAMAST which is the establishment of a Demonstration Farm on Organic Farming at Buhangin Campus on the collection of existing native chickens in the locality for preservation and multiplication.

   The said project will be collaborated with other state colleges and university in the region who offered programs in Agriculture or Agriculture Technology namely USeP, DOSCSCT, and CVSC.

    This project will aim on the establishment of a genepool available native chickens as source for developing and conserving a true-to-type stain/strains in the five (5) provinces of Davao region. Knowing the gaps of the current production system in each province, genetic diversity analysis would be done to formulate and introduce an inter-province S&T intervention.

Trials will be done to develop a location specific package of technology ready for dissemination. Hence, this project will make use of inherent and desirable traits of the native chicken for genetic improvement and find out some strategies to sustain its productivity in Region XI.

Research Team is composed of the following: Dr. Augie E. Fuentes, SPAMAST RDE Director-project leader; project staff: Dr. Shirley S. Villanueva, Dr. Dr. Misael B. Clapano, Dr. Nila Nanette S. Revilla, Dr. Heidi D. Nadela, Mr. Richard C. Maravillas, Mr. Jonash Bunda, Ms. Merry Ann Dejucatan, Mr. Jeson Geroche; Science aide: Mr. Rey Mariano, Ms. Rio Jean Molina and Mr. Froilan Escobido, and Science Research assistant Ms. Danica Jane Dumanig – Ma. Regina E. Robante

   

       The first academe-based coffee cupping laboratory in Mindanao was inaugurated in Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) last June 27, 2017 with its private partner Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA). SPAMAST’s Research, Development and Extension Office through Dr. Augie Fuentes, RDE Director and the project leader, and all RDE staff organized the said launching and at the same time the blessing of the coffee cupping laboratory constructed by SPAMAST. It was attended by DTI-Compostela Valley Provincial Director Lucky Siegfred Balleque, DTI Davao del Sur heads and staff, personnels of ACDIVOCA, heads and members of the Coffee for Peace Organization, and some representatives from Balutakay Coffee Farmers Association. SPAMAST RDE office got this partnership as an offshoot of the first MOA signed by SPAMAST President Generalao and Mr. Thelonious Trimmell for ACDI/VOCA last February 3, 2017 about the collaboration in coffee research and extension, training, coffee propagation through coffee nursery in agroforestry development in Kapatagan, Digos City. The total project cost reached PHP1,713,056 — PHP467,961 for the equipment and cupping lab apparatus and PHP1,245,095 for the building. The cost for the equipment is a grant from ACDI/VOCA, while SPAMAST shouldered the construction of the facility. The said partnership aimed at helping the local coffee farmers and growers in knowing the right market price value of their full-grown coffee beans as it has been a problem of coffee folks to be cheated in the market. DTI Comval Director Balleque said, “After farmers know the grade of their coffee beans, then, the department will help in the market of these coffee products so that coffee growers become entrepreneurs in the profit chain from “seedling to brewed coffee cup”. This was part of SPAMAST’s strategy towards the realization of its mission to extend help in the community, community-service was the center of this partnership. Meantime, SPAMAST head Dr. Irvin Generalao emphasized on the importance of science and technology in the success of any business endeavor. “Why did Ben Lao become successful in his coco sugar business? It is because of science and technology,” he said, adding that S & T, together with research and development, have been improving lives. Ben Lao is one of the region’s biggest coco sugar exporters. Ms. Arlyn Omboy and Mr. Regie Patagoc were the faculty trained as coffee quality graders. - Ma. Regina E. Robante Coffee Cupping Laboratory Objective: The coffee cupping laboratory aims to provide and assess the quality of coffee bean harvest in the coffee growing areas of Davao del Sur and the adjacent provinces of Davao Occidental, Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat in accordance with the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) standard. Specifically, it aims to achieve: 1. The increase in the capability of coffee growers in terms of good agricultural practices on production and post-harvest coffee; 2. The establishment of on-site production and post-harvest protocols on coffee; and 3. To assist coffee growers on the marketing aspects of coffee. Expected outputs 1. One operational coffee cupping laboratory manned by knowledgeable and skilled coffee quality graders; 2. Increase awareness to coffee growing population/farmers, processors and consumers on the importance of coffee cupping laboratories in relation to high quality coffee harvest; and 3.Developed knowledgeable and skilled coffee growers, processors, and consumers. “Good ideas start with brainstorming. Great ideas start with Coffee in SPAMAST’s Coffee Cupping Laboratory.”

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