Technology Demonstration, Piloting and Commercialization (TDPC)
The section is responsible in identifying and screening technologies to be demonstrated, piloted and commercialized. Moreover, it also conducts on-farm and community-based client/farmer managed verification trials on technologies that have potential for adoption. Among its mechanism of technology transfer are:
- Seedstock Dispersal Program/SDP (Rice and Corn). The SDP seeks to improve the agricultural productivity and farm income of farmer-beneficiaries through the sustained supply and use of improved seed stocks. Specifically, it aims to: 1) introduce to farmers new and recommended high quality seed stocks; 2) continually make available to farmers high quality and recommended seedstocks which normally are costly and inadequately available in the local market; 3) enable farmers to produce high quality seeds for their own use and for commercial purposes using MMSU dispersed seed stocks; and 4) increase the intensity and frequency in the use of high quality seed stocks for planting purposes by farmers.
- Seed Production Project. The MMSU Seed Production Project, formerly called the National Rice Seed Production Network (SEEDNET) showcases and produces improved inbred rice varieties during the wet season and glutinous corn during the dry season. The project uses high quality rice seeds (Foundation class) and new released varieties to ensure quality produce for farmers and other partner-clients. The project provides the needed seed materials for the Seed Dispersal Program for rice. Through the project, the farmers are provided steady and sustained supply of quality and resistant varieties, thereby insuring increased production and income.
- Livestock Dispersal Program. To provide assistance to farmers through a dispersal scheme of improve breeds of livestock (goat and sheep)
- Culture of Tilapia on Water Impoundment. This demonstrates the utilization of water impoundments in the production of tilapia to augment the farm income.
- Container Agriculture/ Urban Garden “Minuyungan”. The project demonstrates the viability and feasibility of an urban garden. It serves as a showcase to urban dwellers to promote the adoption of the technology. The container garden uses recycled containers/waste materials for the production of vegetables.
- Sugarcane Demonstration and Processing Incubation Project. To increase awareness on the services provided by the sugarcane techno processing facility as an agribusiness incubator at the Mariano Marcos State University, Batac, Ilocos Norte. The project aims to: 1) technically assist sugarcane producers; 2) assist sugarcane entrepreneurs; 3) provide additional employment to farmers and their households; 4) utilize marginal and non-productive areas; 5) increase supply of sugarcane for processors and market for vinegar and basi; 6) increase the income of sugarcane producers and processors.