LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) held a mini-workshop for the project titled Upgrading the Calamansi Value Chain towards Improving the Calamansi Industry of Oriental Mindoro on 24 January 2019 at the Sam-arng Srinilta Room, SEARCA Headquarters.
The workshop was conducted to ensure efficient project operations through the development of a detailed work plan, identification of human and material resource requirements per component, and drawing up of a common calendar of activities. It was attended by the SEARCA Project Management Team, UPLB Study leaders, and a representative from the local partner Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT).
The team listed the activities to be conducted specific to the component, as well as activities that could be more advantageous if undertaken together by the team members, their timelines, and tentative schedules. Resource requirements were likewise enumerated, with due consideration to stipulations in the contract and to administrative procedures and requisites. To further level off on the project site and context, and available datasets, among others, the project team looks forward to a kick-off seminar on the status and prospects of the calamansi industry in Oriental Mindoro, with technical experts from UPLB, who have assisted the province or a number of its communities in various capacities, as well as representatives from the provincial government serving as resource persons.
The project is funded by the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) and implemented by SEARCA, in collaboration with UPLB, Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo NODAI), the Provincial and Municipal Local Government Units (LGUs) of Oriental Mindoro, Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT), and with the Victoria Kalamansi Farmers Federation (VKFF), as partner beneficiary. Dr. Pedcris M. Orencio, SEARCA Program Head for Research and Development, provides oversight to the project and Dr. Edna A. Aguilar, Director of the Institute of Crop Science (ICropS), UPLB, serves as Project Leader.