Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary on November 9, 2007
Up to the early 1970s, the country's agricultural sector paid dearly in terms of production due to a void in central planning, coordination, facilities, trained human resources, and the ineffective and negligible use of available research results.
Recognizing these deficiencies, the government established in 1972 the Philippine Council for
Agricultural Research, now known as the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources and Development (PCARRD), to be the apex organization of the Philippine national agricultural research system. The PCARRD plans, coordinates, evaluates, and monitors the national research and development programs in Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources (AFNR) and takes a vigorous and fresh stance in securing agricultural sustainability through productive researchers.
The PCARRD has fulfilled its mandate by implementing a number of programs that include the organization of the National Agriculture and Resource Research and Development Network (NARRDN), the Techno Gabay Unlad Bayan Para sa Masa and Magsasaka Siyentista Program, the production of agricultural investment briefs and packages, the Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS), and the formulation of an Integrated Science and Technology Agenda for 2006-2010. Aside from its traditional focus - agricultural research - the PCARRD has shown a readiness to address challenges posed by trade liberalization and globalization as it has strategized and implemented programs that allow for the generation and application of new knowledge; prioritized research on biotechnology and alternative fuels, through an initiative such as the Conservation Farming Village that produces Jatropha for biodiesel; and encouraged agri-based entrepreneurship. …