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Cagayan Valley Small Ruminants Research Center (CVSRRC)

Cagayan Valley Small Ruminants Research Center was created in 2010 and one of the R&D Centers established by ISU to facilitate an industry-based S&T development for the benefit of its stakeholders. Essentially, the technologies on improved production management were promoted in the countryside to increase productivity to every goat raised.

Continuous upgrading of stocks was also initiated in the rural areas thru artificial insemination to sustain the efforts to make goat raising as a viable livestock-based enterprise.Moreover, marketing of goats was also transform by introducing retailing scheme to include selling of prime cuts and product development. At present, the center has extended technology promotion to most part of the country thru the assistance from the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources and Development (DOST-PCAARRD).

Recent Activities

Dr. Nayga serves as visiting professor at Brawijaya University, Indonesia; opens R&D partnership

                In many international scientific gatherings participated by Dr. Jonathan N. Nayga, Professor of Animal Science Department of the College of Agriculture and Director of CVSRRC, the initiative of the university to promote artificial breeding to fast improvement of stocks particularly goat was shared to other researchers. This platform also became a venue to disseminate research outputs, best practices on R&D management and technology promotion as well commercialization. At present, Dr. Nayga is the country representative of Asia-Australasia Dairy Goat Network.

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           Recently, Dr. Nayga was invited to serve as visiting professor at Brawijaya University, Indonesia. As a visiting professor, he delivered lectures on reproductive physiology to Animal Science students (Undergraduate and Graduate programs). He also facilitated meetings with the faculty of Animal Science to developed a framework on how artificial breeding technologies such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer can be downloaded to the stakeholders and how can these technologies be commercialized. Lastly, he also served as Plenary Speaker during the 4th Animal Production International Seminar hosted by BU and discussed the topic, The role of Artificial Reproductive Techniques in Genetic Improvement Program for Small Ruminant in the Philippines.

                Brawijaya University (BU) is an autonomous state university located at Malang, East Java, Indonesia. The university is recognized as an elite campus in Indonesia and consistently ranked 5th in the national level among other universities across the country. On international level, BU ranked 51st in Asia and 400th worldwide, making it one of the few Indonesian universities which indexed by QS World University Rankings.

                In support to the call to make ASEAN countries stronger in terms of technology innovation, ISU and BU are expected to sign an agreement on research and development collaboration next year.

CVSRRC launches FLS-GEM in Sta. Ana, Cagayan

                The Farmer Livestock School on Goat Enterprise Management or FLS-GEM is a modality developed by DOST-PCAARRD which provides technical know-how on science-based goat production and enterprise development. Using this modality, the raisers will attend a 7.5 month-long session and will be capacitated in sessions, exposure trips, learning by doing and participatory evaluation.

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     The modality is now being rolled-out in 10 different regions across the country including Region 2. Recognizing the importance of goat raising in the municipality of Sta Ana in Cagayan Province, the training was launched on October 29, 2019. It was attended by more than 30 smallhold goat raisers who are willing to devote their time to learn and make goat raising as an added source of income. The training will be facilitated by Dr. Elma Bermudez, a trained FLS-GEM facilitator in the municipality together with Ms. Maricel Corsino, the Provincial FLS-GEM Coordinator.

            At present, Sta. Ana, Cagayan is the 86th municipality to where the project
Roll-out of technology options
has reached across the country. This project
is being led by Dr. Jonathan N. Nayga, under the funding assistance of
DOST-PCAARRD.

Halal Goat FIESTA features mature technologies on goat

Dr. Jonathan N. Nayga presented the technologies on semen processing and chevon
value-adding during the business forum.

Photo courtesy of DOST-PCAARRD

                On October 16 to 18, 2019 the Cotabato Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium, in collaboration with consortia in regions 1,2,3 and 11 hosted the Halal Goat FIESTA. FIESTA is the acronym for Farm- Industry Encounters in S&T Agenda is the DOST-PCAARRD’s event-based technology transfer modality that aims to promote S&T and its products to micro, small, medium enterprise focusing of agriculture, aquatic and natural resources. The said event was held at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City. Among the technologies that were featured during the Business Forum are those that developed by Isabela State University particularly on goat semen processing and chevon value-adding.

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               The technology on semen processing was developed under the CVARRD Regional Goat funded by DOST-PCAARRD. The process involved the use of soybean-lecithin based extenders. The formulation was proven effective in lengthening the shelf-life of the processed goat semen from 72 hours to 144 days. With the additional 2 days extended viability, more does can be provided with service either thru natural heat or synchronized does. On the other hand, the formulation was also beneficial for cryopreservation of goat semen which facilitates longer storage of semen as compared to those that are stored under-refrigeration. The semen extender formulation has approved IPR including Utility Models on formulation and use of the formulation and trademark, SemEx.

               As the production of improved stocks become faster than natural mating, the level of meat production is expected to be intensified. Thus, considering that the level of slaughtering of goat is per head, a system to offer retailing in needed. Basically, the scheme will maximize the products from the animal. Thus, the standard goat slaughtering and chevon cutting were developed and now known as Philippine National Standard. Moreover, chevon value-adding was also initiated to further promote retailing. Today, these products were approved for distribution and consumption under the tradename, Chevon Valley.

               The technologies are now ready for commercialization and the technology generator is looking for private partners who will mass produced the products.

ISU-CVSRRC shares development in goat cryopreservation in International Livestock Symposium

                On October 14, 2019, the Philippine Carabao Center hosted the International Livestock symposium at Royce Hotel, Clark Pampanga. The symposium was centered on the theme, Male fertility and semen cryopreservation for animal production and genetic resource conservation. The symposium was attended by sperm biology experts, repro-physiologist as well as livestock production experts from Philippines, Japan, Taiwan and India.

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                Dr. Jonathan N. Nayga, the Director of Cagayan Valley Small Ruminants Research Center was invited to discuss the current developments in cryopreservation of goat semen in the Philippines. His presentation highlighted the developed protocol on semen processing using soy-bean lecithin. Moreover, Dr. Nayga also discussed the process developed for cryopreservation of goat’s sperm cells, which paved way to the application of artificial insemination to more farms in the countryside.  He also presented the commercialization of technologies with approved intellectual property rights activities that the center is currently implementing.

                At present, the center is developing protocols on egg collection and embryo transfer to complement with the cryopreservation of male gametes. Marker assisted selection of animals was also in the pipeline of R&D agenda.

ISU-CVSRRC mature technologies to be featured in Halal Goat FIESTA’s Business Forum

                To promote and commercialize technology-based products to its target adapters and markets, the Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development conducts Farms and Industry Encounter through the S&T Agenda or FIESTA. The ultimate goal of FIESTA is to bring closer the technologies to the ultimate clienteles and to attract investors to commercialize the technologies.

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                On October 16 to 18, 2019, the Cotabato Agriculture, Aquatic, Research Resources and Development Consortium in cooperation with other DOST-PCAARRD consortia including CLAARDEC in Central Luzon, CVAARRD in Cagayan Valley, ILAARRDEC in Ilocos Region and SMAARRDEC in Davao Region will host the first ever FIESTA on HALAL GOAT at the USEP Social Hall, Bo. Obrero, Davao City.

              The Cagayan Valley Small Ruminants Research Center’s mature technologies on semen processing and chevon value-adding will be featured during the event. These technologies will be presented during the Business Forum to be attended by entrepreneurs and other interested technology adapters. Technology generators will pitch the details of R&D products and how the business will operate. Interested adapters can signify their interest to commercialize the technology during the event and negotiation will commence according to the rules set by DOST based on Technology Transfer Act.

ISU-CVSRRC holds Project Accomplishment Review with partners across 10 regions

                On September 24 to 26, 2019, the project management team of Roll-out of technology options in Regions 1,2,3,5,7,8,10,11,12 and CAR conducted project accomplishment review with its partners in 10 regions across the country. This project is one of the five projects under the program Innovative systems in advancing technology-based goat production funded by DOST-PCAARRD. The technologies on science-based goat production are promoted using the Farmer Livestock School on Goat Enterprise Management (FLS-GEM) modality. The activity was conducted in Baguio City and was spearheaded by Dr. Jonathan N. Nayga, the program leader.

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              Present during the review are Regional Project Coordinators from DA-RFO 01, ISU, CLSU, ATI-RTC 5, BISU, DA-RFO 8, CMU, USEP, SKSU and ATI-RTC CAR.

              Based from the reports presented by each project coordinators, the project was able to train 339 facilitators. These facilitators are trained to conduct FLS-GEM in their respective municipality. At present, the project was able to implement roll-out of technologies to 84 municipalities in 26 provinces. Moreover, 2200 raisers were already enrolled in the modality. An improvement of raisers’ capability on goat raising is expected to be attained through this intervention.

              Furthermore, a training on Risk Management was also conducted on the third day of the activity. Mr. Neal del Rosario (CLSU) and Engr. Nathaniel D. Naanep (SKSU) served as resource speakers.

Pregnancy kit for doe bags back to back win in international scientific gatherings

                One of the problems identified in the application of artificial insemination in small hold farms is the absence of breeding record. With the record, the technician can identify the status of the doe which is important to improve breeding management. Although there are available technologies to diagnose pregnancy, the availability of machine and skilled person to interpret the results are factors that limit their application on farm. However, simple techniques using urine and chemical reaction can be developed to be applied on farm setting for the same purpose.

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                In 2017, the project development of non-invasive pregnancy detection kit for goat was funded by DOST-PCAARRD. After one year of research and development, the kit was developed and tested for its efficiency.

                The results of the different experiments conducted throughout the course of development were presented in different international gatherings. Recently, the efficiency of pregnancy diagnosis using developed kit was presented by Miss Aubrey Joy M. Balbin in 4th International Conference on Agricultural and Biological Sciences held at Macau University of Science and Technology on July 2019 and was awarded as Best Paper in Oral Presentation. Moreover, the protocols applied in using the kit in field condition was also presented by Mr. Mark Joker L. Marcos during the 9th International Conference on Asia Agriculture and Animal held at Jeju Island, South Korea on August 2019. The paper was judged as Best Presentation during the conference.

                This project is under the leadership of Miss Balbin under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan N. Nayga, the Leader of Innovative systems in advancing technology-based goat production program.

Regional Science and Technology Week
Cagayan State University-Andrews Campus, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

                Science and Technology has a very big impact in our community today, we are using it in our everyday life and it serves as a helping tool to do our task easily. On August 27-30 2019 the Regional Science and Technology Week was held in Cagayan State University, Tuguegarao City. The DOST officials and State Universities and Colleges in region 2 were there to experience and participate in the said activity.

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                Regional Science and Technology week is a way of recognizing how Filipino are being inventive and creative, to recognize their highly innovative thinking to create useful things in our society as innovators.

                DOST Secretary, Professor. Fortunato Dela Peña gave his inspirational message to remind the importance of Science and Technology in our community, he also announced some of new projects of DOST and accomplishments. The DOST officials and speakers from other places also gave their speech and information about the new projects and program that DOST plan to offer.

                On the event, they can see different booths where visitors and students can explore the venue and enjoy the RST week. SUCs also sell their respective products that the participants truly enjoy, booths showcasing services and new invent projects of science and technology also a highlight to the event.

                Some of the booths are the following; Filipino Inventors Society Procedures Cooperative, Philippine Science High School (PSHS), PAGASA, PHILVOLCS, Omni fab Inc., Felta multi-media Inc., Labtraders Incorporated, Ricemac Philtrade, Shimadzu Philippines, Brownstone Asia Tech, Science Star, Metals Industry Research and Development (DOST-MIRDC), Science and Technology Information Institute, Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology, Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), Industrial Technology and Development Institute (DOST-ITDI), Forest Products Research and Development (DOST- FPRDI), Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP), Isabela State University, Nueva Vizcaya State University, Quirino State University, Ric Lal-Lo, CSU-DOST 02 Food Innovation Center, and Cagayan State University.

                SUCs who have booths also showcase their unique delicacies and products. On of them was Isabela State University who bring their TBI-incubetees products like Francing Moriecos, Lansjana Longganisa, Chevon Meat products, Melizabeth Food products, Arvyls Winery, and Mj’s Health Products, the participants was so happy with their experience on the event, they enjoy the products that the state universities and colleges offered them.  One of the highlight of the RST week is the Ginoo and Binibining 2019 where the lovely candidates from different places around the region showcased their beauty and brains for the title. RST week was full of creativeness and passion. There were lectures about new innovations, some are topics about nature on how to preserve mother earth that serves as an open eye for us to take good care of God’s creation. The RSTW celebration end up with so much fun and lots of knowledge to acquire. Exhibitors, visitors, students, DOST officials and speakers truly seize evey day of the event.

Seminar on Livestock and Poultry Shippers’ Rules and Regulations
De Venecia Building, Isabela State University, Echague, Isabela

                On August 23, 2019 the Philippine Society of Animal Science conduct a seminar for Livestock and Poultry Shippers’ rules and regulation held in De Venecia Building, Isabela State University. Shippers and business owners around the region attended to learn and gain more knowledge about rules and regulation with their respective businesses. The program start with the warm welcome of Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino, the ISU-E president where he emphasizes the advantage of learning the rules and regulation of Livestock and Shippers and gave some inspirational message to the participants. For the opening remarks, Dr. Zaldy A. Olivas a Director, BAI-Region 02/ PSAS-CV Vice President gave also his words. Dr. Angelo C. Naui a Provincial Veterinarian/Provincial Agriculturist share also a motivational message for the participants. Dr. Rafael Luis F. Morillo the master of ceremony that shared his energy, and knowledge throughout the seminar.

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                After the speech of the guest speakers, the awarding for Certificate of Appreciation was given to Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino, Dr. Jonathan N. Nayga, and Dr. Zaldy A. Olivas. To start the lecture, Mrs. Editha Cortina present the “Halal” what is all about it, its products and laws that are being discussed. The second speaker is Mr. Josef Bañares from Licensing Unit, DARFO 02,  tackle about the Updates on the Issuance of Handlers and Transport Carrier. SB Soriano from Roxas, Isabela tackle about Opening of Trading Center or Livestock Auction Market. Dr. April Paminiano, a Quarantine Inspector BAI Region 02, discussed about Updates on African Swine Fever that is very beneficial with the participants because this lecture can help them prevent the virus spreading with pigs. Lastly, Mr. Gilbert Cariaga also a Quarantine Inspector BAI Region 02, tackle about the Updates on Quarantine policy so that they will know business policies and follow rules in every step they make, while having the lecture the shippers and business owners exchange questions to clarify and understand more the topic given by the speakers.

                The lecture also discussed about documents that the Shippers must have on their travel so that they will not have violations and to have right transactions. It is essential for them to know about the papers needed especially they are always travelling for business purposes. After the lectures, Dr. Jonathan N. Nyga, Director of CVSRRC/ PSAS-CV President, gave his closing remarks, his message as a sign of appreciation with the speakers and participants who attended the seminar.

1st National Conference Agri- Aqua Technology Business Incubation
Venus Parkview Hotel, Baguio City

On August 8-9 2019, the 1st National Conference of Agri-Aqua Technology Business Incubation was conducted at Venus Parkview Hotel, Baguio City, hosted by Benguet State University (BSU) where participants all over the country land for the big event including TBI Managers, project implementers, valued incubetees, delegates from MARDI Malaysia led by Madam  Hasimah Hafiz Ahmad, Mardy Deputy Director General for Development and Operation, and Dr. Chonchareon Sawangrat, Assistant Director of Step/NSP Thailand.

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               The program start with Dr. Fortunato T. Dela Peña, DOST Secretary and Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, the undersercretary for Research and Development giving their Keynote messages that provides knowledge about TBI-Technology Business Incubation (TBI) it is a facility where start-ups are hosted and business development services are provided. For would –be technology entrepreneurs and start-ups, DOST- funded TBIs offer office space as well as technical services and facilities to get their business established, executive mentorship and operational support is offered for the incubetees. They also share appreciation speech about Innovative Startup Act and our country being an innovation achiever and becoming more and more conducive to the establishment and operation of startups.

                The Kontad Cultural Troupe from BSU showcased an intermission before the opening and viewing of Exhibits for TBI incubatee’s products and services. Technology Business Incubators were DOST-PCAARD-Benguet State University Agriculture and Food Technology Business Incubator, DOST-PCAARD-CLSU Agriculture and Food Technology Business Incubator, Cavite State Unversityt- Agriculture and Food Technology Business Incubation, DOST-PCAARD- ISU Livestock Technology Business Incubation Project, DOST-PCAARD- UPV Fisheries TBI, VSU- Agriculture and food Technology Business Incubator, Capiz State University Agriculture and Aquaculture Technology Business Incubator, DOST-PCAARD- CMU Agricultural, Food, and natural Resources Technology Business Incubtor, DOST-PCAARD-DMMMSU Agriculture Aquaculture and Food,  TBI for Wood and Non-Wood Processing Technologies, DOST-PCAARD- LSPU Technology Business Incubation Hub for Agri-Fishery and Natural Products, DOST-PCAARD- Sultan Kudarat State University Agri-Aqua Technology Business Incubator , DOST-PCAARD-WMSU Agriculture and Food Technology Business Incubator, and DOST-PCAARD-WPU Agriculture and Fisheries Technolgy Business Incubator were the exhibitor.

                The DOST-PCAARD- ISU Livestock Technology Business Incubation Project, proudly showcase some of their products some are Aquchickboy Longganisa, Francing rice cake, Chevon Valley meat products, Melizabeth food products, Mj’s health products, Farmchef golden salted egg and Arvyl’s winery. The speakers who came from different countries and the DOST-PCAARD loved the products. Dr. Jonathan N. Nagya, the Project leader, proudly showcase the unique products of incubetees, there are so much curiosity about the products that ISU- TBI displayed. The team also showed the unity and effort in entertaining the guests and setting up for the exhibit. After the exhibit, the guests and participants had their lovely lunch and fun ice breakers led by the incubators. Dr. Chonchareon Sawangrat, Assistant Director, STeP/NSP, Thailand  was the first speaker, he presented the Technology Business Incubation by Open Innovation Concept; Case study of Northem Science Park in Thailand were he discussed about the new innovation and technology they develop in their country. Ms. Hasimah Hafiz Ahmad, Deputy Director General MARDI, Malaysia was the second speaker she discussed about MARDI’s Experience in Technology Transfer. And, Ms. Cheryl Marie N. Caballero, CEO Optiserve Technologies tackled about the Partnership in Agricultural Innovation: A private Sector Perspective. With all the topics presented of the speakers, they had an open forum wherein all speakers were going to answer their quiries, and talk about opinion of the participants to enlighten them with important details and information.

                Day 2 was started with a recap on day 1 activities. Dr. Reynaldo V. Ebora, DOST-PCAARD Executive Director gave his Inspirational message where he welcome the participants once again to enjoy each activities and to be delight in having the 1st National Agri-Aqua Technology Business Incubation. The incubators made the event enjoyble by throwing different icebreakers, they were all singing, dancing and playing games. The participants, incubators, and guests were not only innovative and smart but truly possessed sportsmanship and they know how to have fun with their colleagues. Afterward, Dr. Ruth C. Diego, the Project Leader, DOST- PCAARD of BSU AFTBI tackled about Technology Business Incubation Approach for Smallholders: BSU ATBI/IC Experience. They had Health break then proceed to the next speaker, Engr. Alan B. Loreto and Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo of DOST-PCAARD- VSU AFTBI , they discussed about the Brand Identity, Packaging and Label designing for VSU Technology Business Incubator(TBI) Start-Ups; Dr. Pablo J. Rafael Jr., Project Leader of DOST-PCAARD- CLSU AFTBI,tackle about Binnovation: Hamessing Business Innovation with CLSU-AFTBI; Dr. Jonathan N. nayga, Project leader, DOST-PCAARD-ISU LTBI, present his Facilitating Growth in Rural Agriculture Setting thru Technology Business Incubation: The Experimence of CVSRRC- ISU; Ms. Milyn C Leghid, Project Leader, DOST-PCAARD-UPV FTBI tackled about  Coastline: DOST-PCAARD-UPV Fisheries Technology Business Incubator Iloilo’s Silicon Valley by the Sea; Mr. Guillermo P. Desenganio, Project Leader, DOST-PCAARD-CVSU AFTBI, discussed about Market Orientd Production Planning of High Value Crop(HVC) after the speakers discuss their topics they had again an open forum, the participants throw questions and to be answered by the discussants to clarify details and information. The speakers had share essential topics that the participants may learn a lot with their respective careers, both incubator and incubetees mold to be better, be inspired in achieving their dreams,  and be innovative.  The event ended with Invocation lead by Ms. Matyline Camfili and a closing remarks by Dr. Melvin B. carlos of DOST-PCAARD Deputy Executive Director for ARMSS.

National Training on Artificial Insemination (A.I) for goats
CVSRRC- Isabela State University

                Research Center, conduct a National Training on Artificial Insemination for goats on July 28 to August 06, 2019. The three batches of participants start to arrive on the 28th of July from different places around the country. Artificial Insemination is a breeding tool that involves collecting of semen from males, processing and storing them in the laboratory, and later introducing them into female by use of instruments. Today, research and technology are adopted, to improve agricultural productivity. Like A.I, it has a big impact to expand goat production and products like milk, meat, hide and fiber.

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                On day 1, Dr. Jonathan N. Nayga, the project leader, take the lecture with important topics regarding in Artificial Insemination, some are Economic importance of goats, potential products of goats, common problems in goat production, the importance of breeding, use of artificial insemination as breeding tool, advantage of artificial insemination as breeding tool, and disadvantage of artificial insemination a breeding tool were briefly discussed. While having the lecture the participants exchange questions and ideas to help themselves understand the topics.

                After the topics were discussed, Mr. Oliver Gabriel a Artificial Insemination Technician of CVSRRC, demonstrate the tools that must be familiarized in A.I, the participants actively partake in familiarizing the different tools and procedures on how they are going to use it on their next activity.

                On day 2, the participants went to Rancho Martin Integrated Farm Incorporation at Angadanan, Isabela to have their hands on activities on how to do Artificial Insemination for goats. Farm orientation, rules and regulation were discussed before they begin with the activities, the facilitators teach first how to evaluate the estrus of the goat, demonstrate how thawing was done and how to insert the A.I gun and inseminate the goat.

                Having their personal experience on their hands- on activities is essential and serve as their add up knowledge to their farm career.  The participants also create their own re- entry plan to present ideas on how they are going to imply what they learn on the training and how they will promote Artificial Insemination on their different farms. After their activities at Rancho Martin, the participants went back at CVSRRC to present their witty plans, together with the Dr. Nayga and the facilitators. The National AI training truly gave them a huge knowledge and opportunity to widen their ideas that they can imply to their respective farms.

After the two-day training, every batch of participants held their graduation ceremony at CVSRRC function hall to formally highlight their active participation.

National Training on Artificial Insemination (A.I.) for goats graduation photo.