2018 Agroforestry congress promotes sustainable development

By upao - Posted on 21 November 2018


With the aim to highlight the role of agroforestry in improving ecological conditions and in providing sustainable livelihoods for smallholder farmers, the 7th National Agroforestry Congress was held at Benguet State University on November 14-16, 2018.

There were 130 participants from State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), National Line Agencies (NLAs), Local Government Units, international research institutes and farmers who attended the congress with 31 research papers for presentation and 10 poster papers for viewing.

The opening program on November 15, 2018 was graced by Robert L. Domoguen who delivered the message of Department of Agriculture-CAR Regional Director, Cameron P. Odsey. The message began with the sharing of unique and indigenous agroforestry practices in the Cordillera Administrative Region such as the Muyong, Pinugo, Batangan, Imong and Lapat.

“Agroforestry was an indigenous concept close to “farming the forest,” which is what “kaingin” and other similar land-use practices in the region are all about,” wrote Odsey. He went on to relate cases encountered by the DA-CAR where farmers come up with their own agroforestry innovations such as livestock grown beside coffee trees under the chayote which was under a groove of avocado under the pine-trees. He also shared the projects of DA-CAR in agricultural development with emphasis on social justice, equity, productivity, and sustainability in the use of agricultural and natural resources.

“I am almost certain that agroforestry will play a great role in the quest of our people for food production and quality living as nature stewards in the Cordillera highlands. We certainly are one with you in your efforts for making agroforestry as a viable strategy for developing quality environments,” Odsey committed.

The congress was made possible through the partnership of the Philippine Agroforestry Education and Research Network (PAFERN), University of the Philippines-Los Baños, UPLB-Institute of Agroforestry and Benguet State University. The event was also attended by Dr. Rosalito A. Quirino, OIC-President of USTP, Dr. Feliciano G. Calora, Jr., BSU President and For. Rowena D. Cabahug, Acting PAFERN Chair.//JSTabangcura