CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Stakeholders and experts led the inception meeting for the three research and development (R&D) programs of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) at the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) recently.
The inception meeting was focused on potato, tamarind and sweet potato which are under the Niche Centers in the Regions for Research and Development (Nicer) Program of the DOST.
The meeting was led by director Dr. Edna Anit of the Crops Research Division (CRD) of the DOST - Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD).
The meeting was held to enable stakeholders to better understand the objectives, activities and expected outputs for the said programs based on the earlier agreed upon work plan. Dr. Anit said that the Niche Centers do not only level up the quality of research of the respective institutions were they are housed but also help in the betterment of the lives of farmers.
The Nicer program was launched in 2017 under the DOST Accelerated R&D Program for Capacity Building of Research and Development Institutions and Industrial Competitiveness of the Science for Change or S4C.
The program aims to provide institutional grants to help enrich regional research among higher education institutions and to equally capacitate all regions in terms of research and development.
The NICER Program for tamarind, with its Tamarind R&D Center, is located at PSAU while the Northern Philippines Root crops Research and Training Center in Banquet State University hosts the Nicer Program for the Potato R&D Center. Meanwhile the sweet potato R&D Center is in Tarlac Agricultural University.