ICRISAT celebrates BSU as a dynamic partner


By upao - Posted on 17 December 2014

In a fitting ceremony held at the Bureau of Agricultural Research of the Department of Agriculture (DA-BAR) on December 15 in Quezon City, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) celebrates the Benguet State University (BSU) along with other state universities and colleges (SUCs), the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), and local government units (LGUs).

His message was full of hope for the Philippine agriculture. Dr. Dar said passionately that being a Filipino, the Philippines always stands out in his mind when sharing the Institute’s lessons, technologies, and platforms. He fervently wish for the Filipino farmer to farm scientifically. For Dr. Dar, this conviction is the only way to go towards productivity, profitability, and sustainability. To enhance the food, nutrition, and energy security as well as improve the livelihoods of resource poor farmers in the country’s rain-fed areas, collective efforts in investing in agriculture development has to be anchored on inclusiveness, science, resiliency, and marketability through sustainable and integrated natural resource management.

Inter alia, Dr. Dar cites the ICRISAT’s Bhoochetana (Land Rejuvenation) as the innovative platform in revitalizing farmlands, a very critical aspect in modernizing the Philippine agriculture. This initiative is now being adopted in three pilot regions in the Philippines covering 30,000ha aimed at enhancing the country’s food, nutrition, and energy security.

For 15 years Dr. Dar had been with ICRISAT at its helm, so many of the BSU scientists, researchers, and research managers have been benefitting from the

Institute’s in-service training courses, fellowships, and technical missions. Evidently, the BSU indeed stands out in the mind and heart of Dr. William D. Dar!//GVBJ-LMV