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2019-08-9th-national-rice-tech-kicks-off-in-calapan-cityUnveiling of the official logo for the 9th National Rice Technology Forum on August 8 at Bgy. Malad Covered Court in Calapan City. (L-R) Councilor Regie Aguas, Calapan City ;Dr. Santiago Obien, Department of Agriculture; Councilor Charles Pansoy, Calapan City; Dr. Levy B. Arago, President, Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Trade; Dr. Antonio G. Gerundio, Regional Executive Director, DA-MIMAROPA; Dr. Hubbert Dolor, Provincial Administrator, Or. Mindoro; Dr. Louella Rowena Lorenzana, Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations, DA-MIMAROPA; Mr. Ronie F. Panoy; Regional Technical Director for Operations, DA-MIMAROPA; Mr. Recher Ondap, President, Rice Board; Ms. Christine Pine, Provincial Agriculturist, Or. Mindoro; Ms. Lorelein Sevilla, City Agriculturist, Calapaan City. ### Photo by Paulo Emmanuel Ajose.

Known to be one of the major rice-producing provinces of the MIMAROPA Region, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Rice Productivity Advocacy, Inc. (Rice Board) chose Oriental Mindoro, particularly Calapan City to conduct the 9th National Rice Technology Forum (NRTF).

NRTF is a semi-annual event of DA in partnership with Rice Board that promotes new technologies in rice production such as the adoption of hybrid rice and different modes of transplanting.
On August 8, the said event kicked off at Barangay Malad Covered Court in the city. This was made possible in collaboration with the city and provincial government unit.

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2019-08-08-sec-william-dar-01Photo Courtesy of Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR)

William Dollente Dar, a farmer’s son, was born in 1953 in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur. First and foremost a horticulturist, he has received his doctoral degree from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna (UPLB). After his stint at the faculty of the Benguet State University (BSU) in the northern Philippines, he became the first director of the Philippine Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) in 1988. This was a period when the Philippines started to invest much in building a national system of advanced agricultural research institutes, such as the Philippine Rice Research Institute ( PhilRice). He was also designated director of the Philippine Council for Agricultural Research and Rural Development in (PCAARD) in 1994.

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