The most outstanding virtue of Dr. Javier as a scientist is his ability to conceive and put into action realistic approaches to
the problems that confront tropical agriculture in a developing country. Aware of the small farmer's limited resources, he
has always directed his researches toward developing practical methods of improved crop production, using cheap,
indigenous inputs. Based on his experiment of introducing legume into native Imperata pastures with minimum or no tillage, a
national pasture development program was launched in 1972 premised on the minimun or no tillage establishment of adapted
legumes on native pastures with application of phosporous.
Birthdate: 11 September 1940