AS THE world joins the information society, the knowledge economy has become a new investment for organizations. Benguet State University (BSU), as a century old academic institution known for agricultural technologies and knowledge innovations, has endeavored in knowledge product (KP) development through the Office of Extension Services (OES).

It is remembered that during its centennial celebration, BSU boasted its 100 technologies titled “R & D Harvest.” These are the technologies and products within the 100 years of work. However, there are still many knowledge and technologies that are still wanting to be documented for popularization and utilization.

And in the context of BSU’s experience of fast turn-over of human resources, there is the recognition that for the need to capture the knowledge of retiring and “about to retire staff.” As knowledge holders of the university’s successful technologies, gained through research and experiments, the value addition gained in the process cannot be overlooked. Through, KP development, this wealth of knowledge and know-how is transferred from experts to novices.

Development Communication specialist Betty Listino, the KP consultant, quipped that “knowledge is today’s organizational base; employees are no longer seen as merely workers, rather they are seen as knowledge creators.”

OES-BSU thus engaged in KP known as the first phase of knowledge products launched last September 27, 2018. In its first wave, there were 11 knowledge products developed, the first time in the history of the University.

These KPs consist of the following: Responsible Pet Ownership for First Time Dog Owners, Strawberry Production Through Tissue Culture, Farm Planning and Organic Agriculture Management Practices, Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation in Agriculture, Ethical Documentation of Traditional Knowledge and Practices: A Primer for Field Workers, Citrus Production and Management, Meal Planning and Healthy Food Preparation for the Homemaker, Extension Briefer and CTE Primer. These knowledge products target different beneficiaries such as extension workers, farmers, the general public, School on the Air Broadcasters, and agricultural technicians, among others.

BSU-OES director Dr. Ruth Batani remarked that what makes KP unique is that it is a call for action by its intended users, enabling the application of knowledge gained “easy and handy.” Through these KPs, BSU is up scaling research-and practice- informed innovation with varied audiences, that is, from farmers to home makers to fieldworkers, technicians and extensionists.

Through this, the BSU-OES hopes that the useful technologies and knowledge generated of the organization will be maximized by socially marketing these for the use of other institutions and agencies to accommodate more clients. The second phase is set to start next year.