The 1st Regional Agri-Aqua Technology Fair held at VSU provided a platform for 14 technologies from different SUCs to present food products and beverages, agricultural and aquatic equipment and machinery, and agri-aquatic inputs and products to share their innovative works with other SUCs and technology generators, private sectors and industries, and representatives of the LGU offices.
According to Dr. Maria Juliet C. Ceniza, VP for Research Extension Innovation and Director of ViCARP, participants must have first complied with the requirements needed, which is the intellectual property protection for their innovations and technologies, before getting chosen as one of the pitchers.
"It should have filed an intellectual property protection, once naay ganahan mag adopt, ready na siya for commercialization," Dr. Ceniza pointed out.
[It should have filed an intellectual property protection; once someone wants to adopt it, it's already ready for commercialization.
From researchers down to some LGU officials representing the farmers, the event brought them all to one place where they could gain something from the variety of technologies and innovations presented that everyone could learn from, which may pave the way to adopting, commercializing, reimagining to even further studying what has been innovated, for innovation doesn't stop; it rather spawns an innovation that will create greater and more potential benefits economically that will trickle-down to improving the lives of everyone.
Showing the technologies and innovations was not the goal of every pitcher who joined the fair but also to advance and transfer learnings, attracting private sectors to adapt, fund, and, foremost, commercialize innovators' creations.
Among the innovations presented is Thermoelectric Solar Dryer, a cleaner, greener, and sustainable tool to dry 'buwad' and fruits, by Eng. Khorina O. Aguilar, MEED-CpE, from the Southern Leyte State University, won the best oral presentation and best poster.