News: Database for corn, feed industries developed -
29 Oct 2007
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna — A new database vital to the country’s corn and feed industries has been developed.
The one-stop information shop, named Corn and Other Food Grains Information Network (COFGIN) are created primarily for corn producers and feed millers, is now online.
Behind the database is the Livestock Research Division of the Los Baños-based Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCARRD).
Launched recently, COFGIN stores information vital to the corn, feed milling, and poultry and swine industries, as well as data on production, supply and utilization of corn and other feed crops. It also contains the annual production of formulated feed rations for swine and poultry that is useful to corn farmers, traders, and animal feed millers.
COFGIN also provides other stakeholders with access to updated data and information relevant to the feed grains, feed milling, and animal industries.
To date, PCARRD headed by executive director Patricio Faylon said abundant information is available on the Internet but its accessibility to stakeholders is limited.
The new PCARRD database will make available updates and additional information based on the surveyed needs and consultations with feed grain producers, feed millers, and animal raisers. For more information on COFGIN, visit the PCARRD web portal at http:llwww.pcarrd.dost.gov.ph/cin/com/aboutus.htm.
In a related development, the government’s National Information and Technology Services (NITS) center located at the third floor of the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) is now operational. NITS is a collaborative program of DA-ATI, PCARRD, and the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR).
It is an integrated system of extension services that will facilitate development and distribution of knowledge products in the agriculture and fisheries sectors by enhancing knowledge sharing through the use of information and communication technology.
Through the NITS, the dissemination and utilization of research and development and other government initiatives are expected to be fast-tracked.
Source: Rudy A. Fernandez, Manila Bulletin, 29 October
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