Fusarium wilt in banana and other agri-food and industry research findings were disclosed in the 8th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management (ICAEM), held on October 27-28 in Davao City.
A total of 67 researches from 35 organizations were presented on the theme of "Building Resilience: Agribusiness in Times of Flux".
Fusarium wilt, also known as Panama disease, was addressed in talks by Dr. Sietze Vellema of Wageningen University and by Dr. Agustin Molina of Biodiversity International. This threat to the banana industry was further discussed in a plenary panel with experts from different sectors.
The rice industry and the use of climate-smart rice production were presented in a second plenary session.
A total of 175 participants heard the research findings from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Netherlands, Southeast Asia, and the Philippine islands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Sessions tackled studies on: improving agricultural production for livestock, poultry, and other produce; post-harvest technologies for fruits, sweet pepper, and dehydrated vegetables, among others; supply and value chains for vegetables, prawns, and sea-cucumber; and agri-products development for sago flour, baked products, chicken burger, and animal feeds.
The use of new technologies such as social media, geographic information systems, wireless-sensor networks, solar energy, and mathematical economic models for prices of rice and cocoa beans were shared.
Social studies tackled business competencies, sharia-based micro-finance, and household welfare for farmers; community interventions in agrarian reform communities and NGO-assisted enterprises; marketing in aquaculture and tourism; and consumer studies in consumer rights, genetically-modified crops, organic vegetables, and more.
The 8th ICAEM was organized by the UP Mindanao Office of Research in partnership with the UP School of Management and the UP Office of International Linkages.
In the photo is the Plenary Panel discussion on "The Threat of Panama Disease to the Philippine Banana Industry" with (left-right) Atty. Koronado Apuzen of Foundation for Agrarian Reform Cooperatives in Mindanao (FARMCOOP), Dr. Edna Anit of Dept. of Science and Technology, Dr. Susan Razo of Dept. of Agriculture, Dr. Lorna Herradura of Bureau of Plant Industry, and Dr. Benny Corcolon of Tagum Agricultural Dev't Company (TADECO), and Prof. Larry Digal, Conference Chairperson.