Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) director Dr. Junel B. Soriano and J.H. Cerilles State College (JHCSC) president Dr. Mary Jocelyn Villejo-Battung led the Project Launching and Signing of Memorandum of Commitment Support on 3 February 2022 at ACC Convention Hall in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.
Funded by DA-BAR, the project, titled Crop-Land Suitability Assessment for the Development of Web Applications for SMART Crop Production and Marketing, aims to develop web-based applications for modern crop production practices and create livelihood opportunities for farmers. The applications will be used as decision support tools to guide the farmers to determine the suitable crops and attain optimum productivity. Further, farmers can utilize the web applications as a platform for marketing their products.
During the signing of the Memorandum of Commitment Support, 13 out of the 26 municipalities in Zamboanga del Sur were represented–showing the LGUs’ willingness to contribute, support, and utilize modern and innovative approaches for the agriculture sector in the province. DA Regional Office IX was represented by Asst. Dir Maria Melba B. Wee along with the Municipal Agriculture Officers (MAOs) of Zamboanga del Sur province.
The DA-Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) assistant director for administration and finance Dr. Evelyn Fernando also attended the event to represent the bureau’s initiatives with regard to the conduct of web-based applications for SMART crop production and marketing.