Beyond Buzzwords: Transforming Philippine Agriculture!

DA launches first national center for precision and digital agriculture

Author: DA Communications Group | 6 May 2022

Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar spearheaded the inauguration of the Precision and Digital Agriculture Center (PreDiC) facilities located in Central Luzon State University (CLSU), Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.

During the inauguration ceremony on May 6, Secretary Dar encouraged PreDiC officials and staff to continue bringing in the latest precision and digital agriculture technologies and to adapt them to the Philippine setting to further improve agricultural production in the country.

He also encouraged the Center to put up research priorities to guide their implementing activities and to put up a technical committee to bring together all agencies located in the Science City.

“There are lots of national research institutions of the Department of Agriculture now located and hosted by CLSU. So let’s bring in and harness the synergy between and among agencies in agriculture. There will always be something to do in precision agriculture and digital agriculture,” the agri chief expressed.

CLSU President Edgar Orden solidified his commitment to assist the DA in its goal towards a food-secure and resilient Philippines.

“CLSU has been put in the forefront again to contribute in the betterment and sustainable future under the Sustainable Development Goals. Of course, this is under SDG 2, which is Zero Hunger, as our goal is towards food sufficiency. I am very proud to say that our university stays true to its commitment of generating new technologies to help the lives of the community,” he said.

PreDiC was established with P50 million funding from the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) in 2020, following the need for a permanent development facility for precision and digital agriculture technologies.

Through these technologies, the Center aims to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal on Zero Hunger and to make Philippine agriculture more productive and more efficient in its use of time and resources through accurate data gathering.

Among its notable facilities and technologies are a greenhouse, irrigation canals, field monitoring system, microclimate monitoring equipment, fabrication tools, and farm machineries including a 40-hp tractor.

The Center has also implemented projects including the mapping of the spatial variability of soil fertility, the development of a variable rate fertilizer applicator, and the development of a 12-row onion direct seeder. ### (Krystelle Ymari A. Vergara, DA-AFID)

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