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SPAMAST Participates in the 3-Day SARAI Training

Prof. Juan P. Agudera, Jr., Mr. Regie D. Patagoc, and Ms. Rio Jean R. Molina from the Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) attended and participated in the Training Workshop on Crop Forecasting using Crop Simulation and Cropped Area Estimation last July 19-21, 2016 at CARAGA State University (CSU), Butuan City, Philippines conducted by  the University of the Philippines–Los Banos (UPLB). The training was one of the initiatives of UPLB in connection with their project Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry (SARAI) in the Philippines.

The participants were filled with knowledge and skills on the operation of crop modeling and Global Information Systme (GIS) software and application to various issues, including climate variability, water management, yield gap analysis, and site-specific management. Experts from UPLB who served as speakers were led by Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Dr. Pompe Sta. Cruz, Dean of the College of Social Science. Other resource persons were Ms. Marilyn Yere, Mr. John Christopher Lorenzo, Ms. Julia Dalagan, Engr. Jerome Suarez, Engr. Vicente Ballaran and Engr. Leo Viado.

Other participants of the training were from Mindanao Sate University- General Santos City (MSU-GenSan), Central Mindanao University (CMU), West Visayas State University (WVSU), and the host CSU. These SUCs including SPAMAST were partner SUCs of UPLB in bringing out the objectives of the project SARAI in addressing the negative effects of climate change in the agriculture, aquatic and natural resources sectors. (Regie D. Patagoc and Cherry Ann P. Roxas, MBA)

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