“Be proactive in seeking ways and solutions to address the challenges brought by climate change in our country’s food production.”
This, in essence, was the message of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. to the La Granja Research and Training Station (LGRTS), the annex research and extension unit of UPLB in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, at the program culminating its 45th founding anniversary celebration.
The message was read on the Chancellor’s behalf by Genaro Cuaresma, assistant to the vice chancellor for administration and a faculty member at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP).
The Chancellor sounded the call during the Farmers’ Field Day that was held on March 31, the last day of the celebration of the 45th founding anniversary of the LGRTS. The theme for the celebration was “Stepping on higher ground and building resilience to the changing environment.”
He further said that although the changes will continue to take their toll on food security, with the combined efforts of UPLB researchers and scientists, the university will continue to break new ground in agricultural research and commence and sustain public service endeavors that will benefit Filipinos and promote and advance real inclusive growth to the country.
The Farmer’s Field Day was held to help introduce the station to its potential clients and partners in research and extension. It featured exhibits of fruit tree varieties and organic vegetables produced in the LGRTS. Non-government organizations, students, and farmers from La Granja were invited to join the festivities.
In light of the celebration, the Chancellor approved the transfer of a van from the Office of the Chancellor to the LGRTS. Meanwhile, the College of Agriculture and Food Science that administers LGRTS, also donated a personal computer and a brand new iMac computer to the LGRTS. Cuaresma, together with Dr. Enrico Supangco, dean of CAFS, led in the turnover ceremony.
The LGRTS officially started operations in 1972 as a testing site for crop varieties and practices, a training site for UPLB agriculture students, as well as a venue for research and extension dedicated to production, processing, utilization, and marketing of crops and livestock.
The Station has helped determine farming systems suitable to local farming conditions and has provided technical assistance and skills training. It engages in agribusiness projects that generate income to support the Station’s operations and that also serve as training ground for agriculture students, technicians, workers, and farmers. (Jessa Jael S. Arana)