Agri Chief urges agricultural and biosystems engineers to transform PHL agri-fisheries sector for food security

The Department of Agriculture is advancing the transformation of the agriculture and fisheries sector into a competitive, science-based and technology-backed industry, managed by young, creative, innovative, and vibrant Filipino agricultural and biosystems engineers (ABEs). Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar articulated the Duterte administration’s over-all vision of a food secure and resilient Philippines with empowered and prosperous farmers and fisherfolks, in his keynote message at the opening of the 70th Philippine Society of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers (PSABE) Annual National Convention held online on April 27.

Government internship program for young agricultural and biosystems engineers kicks-off

The Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (DA-BAFE) has officially announced the start of the implementation of the Government Internship Program for Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Youth (GIP for ABE Youth) beginning this month. DA-BAFE Director Ariodear Rico announced the kick-off of the internship program that aims to augment the delivery of agricultural and biosystems engineering services in support to the implementation of agri-fisheries mechanization, small scale irrigation and farm-to-market roads, post-harvest facilities, and other agri-fisheries infrastructure projects of DA.

DA-BAFE spearheads creation of agri-fishery machinery and equipment service centers

The Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (DA-BAFE) is initiating and spearheading the establishment of pilot agricultural and fishery machinery and equipment service centers or AFMESCs that target to provide farmers’ organizations and cooperatives wider access on the use of agri-fishery machinery and equipment granted by DA and other agencies.

DA-BAFE convenes stakeholders for local agri-fishery machinery manufacturing industry roadmap

To develop a comprehensive master plan for the agricultural machinery manufacturing industry in the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (DA-BAFE) convened stakeholders from the private sector, members of the Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association Foundation, Inc. (AMMDA), regional agricultural engineers, partners from the academe, and representatives from government agencies on the 1st Stakeholders Online Meeting for the project, “Roadmap to Transform the Philippine Agricultural Machinery Manufacturing into a Competitive, Productive, Innovative and Sustainable Industry.”

DA-BAFE leads planning of agri-fishery infrastructure investments

Agriculture Secretary William Dar has issued Memorandum Order No. 5, Series of 2021, a memorandum on the preparation of DA’s agri-fishery mechanization and infrastructure plan with the Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (DA-BAFE) as the lead agency in planning agricultural and fisheries infrastructure investments.

The memorandum states that BAFE is directed under RA 10601 (AFMech Law) to spearhead the preparation of the National Agricultural and Fisheries Mechanization Program (NAFMP) which serves as a guide in the national planning, programming, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and regulation of agricultural and fisheries mechanization programs and projects.

Sec. Dar directed all officials and employees of DA, including its bureaus, attached agencies, and corporations, DA service units and regional field offices to extend their full support and cooperation to BAFE on the review, updating, and implementation of NAFMP.

PUBLIC ADVISORY: Application for PTO and CC

In response to the rising number of COVID-19 positive cases in Quezon City, SRA buildings including the BAFE office and its premises will undergo disinfection on March 15-16, 2021. All BAFE personnel are prohibited from entering the office premises during those dates. However, applications for the Registration and Issuance of Permit to Operate (PTO) for Agricultural and Fisheries Machinery Manufacturers, Fabricators, Assemblers, Distributors, Dealers, Importers, and Exporters (MFADDIEs), and Issuance of Certificate of Conformity (CC) for Agricultural and Fisheries Machinery will be accepted and processed online by sending an e-mail to sred.applications@gmail.com. Processing of payment for issuance of CC at the BAFE-Cash and Disbursement Section located at the DA Central Office, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City will resume on March 18, 2021.