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AQD reviews projects and strategizes for 2014

By Development Communication Section

To ensure relevance of its R&D program, AQD held its annual “In-house review and planning meeting” from 19 to 20 September at its main station in Iloilo. In attendance were AQD’s partners (BFAR-National Fisheries Research & Development Institute and DOST-PCAARRD) and AQD’s senior staff. This meeting was preceded by two meetings, on commodities and on thematic programs that were held in August, for updates on the industry and R&D status of important commodities and the progress of individual research projects. The meetings also ensure that R&D activities address the needs of the industry.

“AQD is in the position to help national governments in addressing food security,” noted AQD Chief Dr. Felix Ayson. “We have carefully generated science-based technologies in aquaculture. There is always a stamp of AQD in the region.” He summarized the topmost strategies as follows: (1) Technology extension in situ, where AQD provides the inputs like feeds and in return gets the needed data on feed performance and environmental parameters during the culture period while the private sector partner provides the operational funds, fingerlings, staff and gets the proceeds. (2) Closer cooperation and information sharing among staff to enable AQD to raise the public’s awareness of science-based technologies. And, (3) Securing more R&D grants to work with institutions having similar vision of sustainable aquaculture and avoid duplication of efforts.

AQD held three sets of meetings on commodities, thematic areas and project reviews in August and September to map out its strategic plans for 2014. At left is fish health section head Dr. Edgar Amar; in the middle is Dr. Adelaida Calpe sharing DOST-PCAARRD’s priority list for funding; rightmost is research division head Dr. Ma. Junemie Hazel Ramos with the AQD Chief Dr. FG Ayson

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