• Review set for country’s crops, livestock sectors

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    The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Devel-opment (Pcaarrd) has commis-sioned the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) to conduct an ex-ante analysis of 14 industry strategic science and technology plans (ISPs) for crops and livestock.

    Searca earlier announced that it will conduct with UPLB a similar analysis for the country’s inland aquatic resources.

    Searca, headed by Director Gil Saguiguit Jr., also provided counterpart funds of more than P500,000 to the P13.76-million ex-ante analysis project to be conducted for 12 months.

    The ISPs under crops are abaca, banana, coconut, mango and rice. Duck, goat, native chicken, layer and swine are categorized under livestock. Inland aquatic resources include milkfish (bangus), mudcrab, tilapia and shrimp.

    The ISPs outline the targets for each industry and identify the aspects of the industry in which science and technology (S&T) will make a difference.

    The ex-ante analysis will estimate the economic value of each ISP before the research and devel-opment (R&D) projects are undertaken. It involves quantitative assessment of the possible net financial gain and economic benefits from each proposed R&D project.

    Results of the project will provide bases for more informed decision-making as well as more effective and efficient implementation of the ISPs.

    Moreover, the assessment is expected to contribute to the body of knowledge and literature on ex-ante analysis, particularly in terms of the recommended analytical methodologies used.

    The project is also envisaged to strengthen the capacities of the leaders and staff of 14 projects in assessing the possible outcomes of S&T programs and projects, and their ability to improve program planning and governance.

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