Visayas State University (VSU) researchers participated in the 1st Eastern Visayas Vegetable Congress held on August 26-27, 2016 at the Ormoc City Hall. With the theme, Eastern Visayas Vegetable Industry: Moving Toward Recovery and Sustainability for Self Sufficiency, the congress was hosted by the Ormoc Vegetable Farmers' Association and the Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council of Region 8.
The two-day activity aimed to assist the Department of Agriculture in achieving its mission to help empower the farming communities. It was specifically intended to encourage the private sector to produce enough, accessible and affordable food for every Filipino, and to provide decent income for all farmers. It also aimed to update vegetable growers with the latest technologies that can help them improve their adaptability to climate change, and to share to them information on the best practices for upland and lowland vegetable production and postharvest handling techniques that can help them sustain their production and improve their income.
Experts in the vegetable industry served as the resource speakers for the plenary sessions on modern vegetable production, climate change adaption and pest management, post-harvest technology and marketing, and government support and financing for vegetable production in Eastern Visayas. During the conference representatives from private firms, including The East West Seed Corporation, Allied Botanicals and Ramgo, shared their knowledge on Best Farming Practices for Lowland/Highland and Tropical/Semi-Temperate Vegetables. Dr. Carlos S. de la Cruz of DA RFO 8 also discussed about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and ASEAN Integration during Session 2.
Some of the researchers from the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) in VSU also presented various technologies on vegetable production technologies on vegetable production including the use of protective structures, hydroponics, Climate Adaptive Technologies Vegetable Production, Integrated PestManagement for Vegetables and Post-Harvest Technologies for Vegetables. The researchers were Dr. Rosario A. Salas, Dr. Zenaida C. Gonzaga, Dr. Lucia M. Borines and Dr. Marilou M. Benitez. Aside from VSU, the other agencies who supported the activity are the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 8, Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Regional Training Center 8, and the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA-Leyte).