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More income for small farmers, MSMEs with DOST-supported marketing tech platforms
Considered as the backbone of the Philippine economy, agriculture plays a critical role in pump priming the country’s economy but it is hounded by various challenges such as lack of fully mechanized equipment, high prices of farm inputs, and damaging natural calamities, to name a few, that affect the income of farmers.
Despite offering quality and fresh farm produce in the market, the income of our local farmers suffers due to limited access to their customers.
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Black Diamonds of the North. DOST NICER on Garlic and Other Agri-Condiments Center in Mariano Marcos State University are developing food innovations from black garlic.
Have you tried black garlic ice cream? How about the dry condiment called furikake?
These curiously delicious food innovations are being developed by the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) - Garlic and Other Agri-Condiments Center funded under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Niche Centers in the Regions for Research and Development (NICER) Program.
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Agriculture is one of the sectors in the country that is being hounded by numerous challenges. This includes the lack of machines that fit our local agricultural settings.
In recent data, it shows that only 2.2% of agricultural lands have fully mechanized harvesting equipment in the country.
This is the reason why many Filipino farmers still settle for manual harvesting. It would take 16 to 25 days for our farmers to finish the harvest time for a one-hectare land. In most instances, it resulted in high production losses due to the inefficient harvesting process.
DOST chief wants local scientists, researchers, and engineers to develop the entrepreneurial mindset
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By Allan Mauro V. Marfal, DOST-STII
Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said in his pronouncement that refocusing some of the programs of the department to align with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s economic agenda would be their priority in the coming months.
These economic agendas pertain to food security, transport and logistics, health, renewable energy, education, disaster risk reduction and climate change, and job creation. And when the newly-appointed DOST Secretary discussed refocusing, it is more on presenting clear narratives of how several DOST programs, services, and research development (R&D) projects could provide a significant impact on these priority areas.