CMU persistently supports extension activities by bridging experts and target clientele through technology promotion and commercialization.
UPDATES ON EXTENSION PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
Community-Based Sustainable Development Program (COMBASUDEP)
This is the banner program of the University Extension Office in coordination with the College Extension Coordinators. It brings Central Mindanao University to the local government units, barangays and non-government organizations. It aims to empower the people, people’s organizations and human resource development, and facilitates the diffusion of technology to the target clients. It is a vehicle that promotes and transfers mature technologies, and facilitates dissemination of development information at the local level. Under this program with specific activities coordinated by the various colleges concerned, the Extension Office has recorded a total of 63 trainings attended by 2,021 participants.
Barangay Integrated Development Approach for Nutrition Improvement (BIDANI)
This program aims to help improve the nutrition and general well-being of the rural poor through a more effective organization of barangay and municipal structures, and improve the capabilities of local governments in their planning and management aimed at poverty alleviation and at meeting the basic needs of the vulnerable sector in the service areas. BIDANI has various components namely: Barangay Integrated Development Approach (BIDA), Participatory Domiciliary Nutrition Rehabilitation (PDNR), Food Security for Nutrition Improvement (FSNI), Natural Resources Management (NRM), and Barangay Management Information System (BMIS).
This is a collaborative program that aims to strengthen the capability of a partner Local Government Unit (LGU) in the effective delivery of extension services towards food security and sustainable development. It also aims to empower the farmers to become globally competitive through the provision of appropriate technologies and relevant information. At present, it has two techno projects in Barangay Dologon, Maramag, Bukidnon which are:
- Dologon Technology Park (Swine and Goat Production) Projects This is an agribusiness incubator at the barangay level and its implementation was based upon the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the LGU Dologon and CMU. Since 2009 until 2012, the swine project dispersed a total of 58 piglets to the constituents of the barangay. However, the old three sows were already culled and replaced with four heads. For the goat project, only 11 heads of does are alive with 5 kids housed in the new site with abundant forages.
- Farmers Information and Technology Service (FITS) and Information Education and Communication (IEC) Center The Center produced primer of top priority commodities identified by the barangay officials of Dologon displayed at the Center. To date, the Center is open on weekdays to the users.
Farmers Bayanihan Center for Rural Development-Integrated Agricultural Development Project (FBCRD-IADP)
The CMU-DAR FBCRD- IADP is implementing the Techno- Demo Services Unit (TDSU) in the three Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in Bukidnon, namely: Lower Kulaman ARC, Sumilao, Bukidnon; North Poblacion ARC, North Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon; and Kalilangan ARC, Ninoy Aquino, Kalilangan, Bukidnon. The Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ (ARBs) multipurpose cooperative in each of the above ARCs serve as partner-clients of the Unit.
Information Communication Unit (ICU)
The ICU is in charge of packaging research generated technologies of faculty members of the University. The unit also does technology promotion activities.
Technology Promotion Activities
Conduct of Information Drive. Aside from packaging research results the ICU also promotes generated technologies and other commodities through the conduct of information drives. Basically, the information drives aim to expose the participants to various technologies that would provide them with a wider range of choices for entrepreneurial activities as well as to sell Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials that the University Extension Unit has produced.
Effectiveness Assessment Survey. This aims to determine the adoption rate of CMU generated technologies and other commodities promoted during information drives.
Kaabag supports the different extension activities of the University. Published twice a year, it reports the various extension activities with the different extension coordinators as writers together with the ICU staff.
New MOAs for Extension Projects
The University has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Agriculture (DA) to rehabilitate and convert the DXMU Radio Station from AM to FM amounting to PhP 4M. This will benefit the CMU students and listeners, Local Government Units (LGUs) and other government and private sectors in Bukidnon; including other provinces within the coverage area. Another MOA was signed with the DA to establish the CMU Village Level Bio-con Laboratory with an approved budget of PhP 1,706,392.00. CMU’s counterpart for this project is PhP 400,000.00. The laboratory shall disseminate environment friendly pest and disease control bio-con technologies and agents for a healthier approach in farming. A MOA was also signed with the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) to implement the project “Production of Information, Education and Communication Materials” amounting to PhP 200,000.00. CMU has also entered into an agreement with the Kalilangan Irrigators Multipurpose Cooperative (KIMPC) on input support for Hammer Mill project operation of the KIMPC, Kalilangan, Bukidnon. The project costs PhP 200,000.00. Half of the budget was from the CMU-DAR FBCRD trust fund and the other half was the cooperative’s counterpart. The project aims to ensure the steady supply of inexpensive feeds for swine and poultry projects among their members.