A team of five inventors from the Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF) was declared grand winner of the Alfredo M. Yao Intellectual Property (AMY IP) Awards 2022, Collegiate Level, on October 11.
With their invention-research “Organic Animal Feed Pellet,” Engr. Andrew Cabiles, Ms. Karla Mae B. Cornelio, Engr. Nancy M. Espartinez, Engr. Jeremiah G. Magallanes, and Engr. Cindy R. Meneses bested other entries and won Php. 100,000 cash prize.
The main components of the researchers’ Organic Animal Feed Pellets were agricultural wastes such as pili pulp, coconut meal, azolla, and madre de agua. Global health and food security are being threatened by these materials, which are abundant and not usually considered or used as resources in the agricultural sector.
But there are many opportunities to transform these agricultural wastes into a range of profitable, inventive, and helpful goods (agro-waste valorization). Using this approach, they created value-added products (organic animal feed pellets) from materials that were previously regarded as agricultural waste or underutilized agricultural resources.
By using the valuable resources found locally and reducing reliance on external inputs, this would also provide farmers and other stakeholders in the feed business with an extra source of revenue including increased community-level feed security.
The five CAF inventors were formally awarded during the 48th Philippine Business Conference and Expo at the at the Manila Hotel, Pasay City last October 19.
The AMY IP Awards are given to Filipino-owned intellectual properties that have contributed to economic growth and social awareness or have the capacity to do so. A candidate might be a single person or a group of people. It was introduced in 2009 by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). Since then, it has helped technologies that have won praise with their development and commercialization. | by Arnold C. Noda, CPRO