Date Published: October 08, 2018
Author: Ruzsiel Ann C. Culiat
The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) alongside with the Cagayan Valley Agriculture and Aquatic Resources Research and Development Consortium (CVAARRD) and the Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) hosted the Citrus FIESTA with the theme "FIESTA in the Valley: Convergence towards Support and Development for Citrus Industry."
The Citrus FIESTA or Farms-Industry Encounters through the S&T Agenda, started on Thursday, September 13, 2018 with a zumba and motorcade parade held at the Nueva Vizcaya Sports Complex.
“The community of Nueva Vizcaya State University is always ready to provide its support to the citrus industry of Nueva Vizcaya and the entire region.” Said Dr. Andres Z. Tagiuam, University President, in his welcome speech during the opening ceremony.
Province Governor, Hon. Carlos M. Padilla expressed his belief to pursue programs that will develop and promote the production of citrus for the improvement of quality of life of citrus growers.
According to Regional Research and Development Council (RRDCC) chair and Isabela State University (ISU) President, Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino, PCAARRD’s FIESTA will serve as a venue for collaboration and partnership in the citrus industry.
"The main goal of the FIESTA is to serve as a festive venue for enhancement of the interaction of technology generators, potential technology adopters and investors to enhance the flow of technology and its utilization for greater benefit." said Dr. Melvin B. Carlos, DOST-PCAARRD OIC-Deputy Executive Director for Administration, Resource Management and Support Services.
In the afternoon, the opening of the different S&T Exhibits was held together with the Student Agripreneurship forum. This was followed by the Fellowship Night later in the evening where students from both the Bayombong and Bambang campuses showcased their culture and talents.
On the final day, September 14, 2018, Hon. Fortunato T. Dela Pena, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, visited the S&T exhibits at the NVSU gymnasium then proceeded with the Appreciation Tour at the Malabing Valley, Kasibu. Included in the tour was the Farmer's and Investment Forum.
Simultaneously, students coming from different schools in Region 2 were able to demonstrate their artistry, creativity, wit and cooking skills in joining the various competitions prepared as part of the activity.
The fiesta was concluded with the awarding ceremony with CVAARRD Director and ISU Vice President for Research, Development, Extension and Training, Dr. William C. Medrano commended the people behind the success of the fiesta. Dr. Medrano’s words of encouragement to the guests and students were to help achieve their dream to make Nueva Vizcaya the Citrus Capital of the Philippines.
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