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CLSU, DA to create a fisheries biotechnology center

Luzon Central State University (CLSU) in the city of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija will host the Fisheries Biotechnology Center (FBC) of the Department of Agriculture-National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (DA-NFRDI) for development and the management of fisheries and aquatic resources in the Philippines.

Secretary William Dar and CLSU President Edgar Orden recently signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoA) for the establishment of FBC which was attended by representatives of various agencies and private partners.

“I am very happy and impressed with what is happening here in the Science City of Munoz, it really lives up to its name thanks to the state-of-the-art facilities and centers built to stand the test of time,” Dar said in his statement. message.

According to the DA-NFRDI, the establishment of the Agricultural Biotechnology Center (ABC) of the Department of Agriculture in the Philippines in response to the 2005 Administrative Order (AO) 21 series led to the creation of the three centers; the crop, livestock and fisheries biotechnology centers.

The DA-NFRDI stated that the establishment of the FBC is considered the main center of all activities related to fisheries biotechnology pursuing the development and management of fisheries and aquatic resources in the Philippines.

It said its mission is to develop strong links / partnerships between fisheries biotechnology stakeholders towards promoting, enhancing and improving fisheries biotechnology in the Philippines.

Preliminary inventory of fisheries biotechnology research in the country is one of the centre’s activities, the DA-NFRDI said.

Several inter-agency meetings were conducted to elaborate the first national seminar on fisheries biotechnology, to formulate a biotechnology action plan for fisheries in the Philippines, he added.

During the signing of the MoA, Dar noted that CLSU is producing quality human capital resources with the presence of all national institutes and centers on campus.

“There is a high rate of return for the university because these facilities offer experiential learning that will make students competitive not only in the country but in the world,” he said.

Meanwhile, Orden said the Muñoz Science Community is so lucky to have the crop and livestock biotechnology centers at the Philippine Rice Research Institute or PhilRice and Philippine Carabao Center respectively, and the new FBC.

Orden also said these institutions have hired CLSU graduates and retirees as consultants.

Orden also noted that CLSU will inaugurate two DA-funded projects, namely the Precision and Digital Agriculture Center or PreDiC and the Center for Transboundary Diseases or CenTRAD

Meanwhile, the FBC is currently stationed at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-National Freshwater Fisheries Technology Center at the CLSU complex.

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