- Filipino “Mango Hero” conferred Dioscoro L. Umali Award
- SEARCA, WorldFish organize customized benchmarking visit on biodiversity conservation for the stakeholders of the Ridge to Reef Biodiversity Project
- 11 graduate students benefit from DAAD-SEARCA scholarship anew
- SEARCA Filipino alumni association officers hold annual meeting
- SEARCA celebrates 45th year
- SEARCA support to Philippine government lauded
- SEARCA Alumnus receives rank of UP Scientist 1
- Savannakhet University staff members receive SEARCA Scholarship
- SEARCA-SEAMOLEC-ICRAF offer second run of first online course on climate change
- 2 SEARCA graduate alumni receive grants for solid waste management and flood damage assessment projects
- 59th SEARCA Governing Board Meeting Held
- 61 presidents, key administrators of Rajabhat universities visit SEARCA
- EU-FPAVAS conducts Sustainability Action Workshop for CBOs in Camarines Norte
- EU-FPAVAS continues serving vulnerable sectors
- Asian regional workshop to tackle sustainable food production, biotechnology, and biosafety
|Filipino scientist garners 2011 Dioscoro L. Umali Award|
Dr. Ramon C. Barba, a renowned Filipino plant scientist from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), will be the third recipient of the prestigious Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in Agricultural Development (Umali Award) to be presented during a program to be held at SEARCA on 23 November 2011.
The Umali Award is a collaboration among SEARCA, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), and the Dioscoro L. Umali Foundation (DLUF). It comes with a cash award of USD10,000 and a plaque.
Dr. Barba, 72, will be conferred the award for his many contributions that have had unprecedented impact on agriculture. Foremost among these is his breakthrough discovery in 1974 of mango flower induction by potassium nitrate (KNO3), making it possible for fruits to be available all year round.
The use of KNO3 is inexpensive, flower production is profuse, and fruit production can be programmed according to market demands, benefitting both farmers and consumers. Although Dr. Barba holds a patent for this technology, he has foregone royalties due him so that mango farmers can use it without additional cost.
Dr. Barba is known to perceive simple solutions to complex problems and produce results with minimum resources. His research on induced mango flowering was a private initiative that had cost less than five hundred pesos (PHP 500) to complete.
Other achievements of Dr. Barba include banana micropropagation and tissue culture of sugarcane and calamansi, and all have left an impact on the agribusiness potentials of these commodities in the world market.
The Umali Award will be presented to Dr. Barba by Dr. Emil Q. Javier, former UP President and now NAST President, together with SEARCA Director Gil C. Saguiguit Jr., UPLB Chancellor Rex Victor O. Cruz, and DLUF President Nelia T. Gonzales.
Dr. Barba will deliver a lecture on his lifetime work as part of the program, which is the main highlight of the celebration of SEARCA’s 45th anniversary.
Launched in 2007, the Umali Award recognizes lifetime achievements of exemplary individuals who have advanced agricultural development in Southeast Asia. It was named after the late Dioscoro L. Umali, founding Director of SEARCA and a National Scientist, and whose quest for scholarship and excellence in agriculture fueled his vision for a progressive Southeast Asia.