BPI Offices Divisions

 

CROP RESEARCH AND PRODUCTION SUPPORT DIVISION

 

crop production

The Crop Research and Production Support Division (CRPSD)is a unit within the Bureau of Plant Industry primarily tasked to handle two of the agency’s most crucial functions: research and development (R&D) and production support. The CRPSDtakes the lead in conducting relevant and quality research activities to ensure national competitiveness in the face of the demands of an increasingly globalized agricultural economy. The Division further translates its technical capacities and services to harness plant production for the benefit of every Filipino farmer and consumer.

The CRPSD’s research efforts have resulted to the discovery of new crop varieties or strains that improves our harvest rates and plant material quality. The Division reproduces and distributes these new varieties for planting by our local farmersas part of our initiatives to harness dynamism in the Philippine plant industry. The CRPSD also envisions a vibrant plant research culture in the country by placing its strategic thrust on the conservation of Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) found in the Philippines.The Division is also instrumental in the performance of major functions in the implementation of the National Framework of the Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the country as a key policy tool in the advancement of our local agricultural sector.

The Division plays an important role in production support through the institution of mechanisms that ensure the availability and utilization of quality planting materials, consistent with the principles of good production methods. Inspired by its vision to highlight the Philippine fruit industry as a source of national pride for its world-class quality, the CRPSD has exercised responsibility over variety registration accreditation and accreditation of plant nurseries as major regulatory mechanisms in plant quality control.The Division has accredited several plant nurseries and monitored their compliance to existing standards and requirements for continuous accreditation.The CRPSD also monitors the production and distribution of seeds and other plant materials that reflect our genuine commitment to help our farmers.

In line with the principles of good governance in the context of climate change and disaster risk management, the CRPSD also assists the Department of Agriculture in providing quality seed and plant materials during calamities.


MANDATE

  • Generate crop production technologies accessible to our farmers
  • Assure our farmers the continuous and stable supply of quality seeds and plant materials of improved crop varieties and cultivars
  • Provide assistance to the farmers on recommended crop production technologies


SERVICES

  • Accreditation of plant nursery operators
  • Technical assistance to stakeholders


SECTIONS

1. Crop Culture Management Section

  1. Plan, orchestrate, facilitate and monitor the R&D programs and activities of the Bureau concerning crop culture and management; 
  2. Establish and strengthen linkages with other R&D institutions; and
  3. Provide technical advice and relevant services to its stakeholders on crop culture and management.

2. Crop Improvement and Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) Section

  1. Plan, orchestrate, facilitate and monitor the R&D programs and activities of the Bureau concerning crop improvement (i.e. developing crop varieties and cultivars with desirable agronomical and horticultural characteristics) and Philippine PGRs, as well as biodiversity conservation and sustainable utilization (i.e. germplasm collection, regeneration, in-situ and ex-situ conservation, documentation, characterization and evaluation);
  2. Establish and strengthen linkages with other R&D institutions; and
  3. Provide technical advice and relevant services to its stakeholders on crop improvement and PGR management.

3. Crop Production Support Section

  1. Plan, orchestrate and facilitate programs and activities on the production and distribution of high-quality seeds and/or plant materials of NSIC-registered crop cultivars and other high yielding varieties;
  2. Accredit private plant nurseries and other plant breeding institutions; and
  3. Monitor seed and plant material production and distribution and performance of BPI centers, DA Regional Field Offices (RFOs), seed farms and accredited private institutions. 

 

Forms / Permits / Certifications

 

1. List of Plant Nursery Accreditors

2. List of Plants Identifications and Certifications

Agricultural Engineering Division

 


The Agricultural Engineering Division is the constituent unit of the Bureau of Plant Industry mandated to address the need to improve farming operations to optimize the use of farm resources – land, labor and capital. Since 1932, the Division has operated by applying engineering concepts in crop production and advocated farm mechanization aimed at expanding production areas.

Agricultural production involves various activities/operations that necessitate the effective application of labor, power and materials in the farm. From land preparation to planting, harvesting to post-production, the farmer uses technology. Appropriate technology gives the farmers the best chance of gaining more, either by increased production or reduced losses or reduced cost of labor among others. These principles guide the Agricultural Engineering Division in the implementation of its key programs, projects, and other activities.

The Division has expanded its effort in applying engineering principles not only to land preparation, but to other aspects of crop production such as planting, water, fertilizer and pest management, harvesting and post-harvest activities. It has also ventured on the development of research and developmment (R&D) farm infrastructures which serve as support facilities for the BPI National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Centers (NCRDPSCs) and Model S.E.E.D. farms, in the production of quality seeds and planting materials.

Recognizing the situation-specific conditions of various agricultural activities, the Agricultural Engineering Division, through its resources, extensive linkages with other agricultural development institutions and its agricultural mechanization transfer program, continues to work towards developing appropriate technologies available to farmers. 

 

VISION/MISSION

Vision

An era where there is a wide choice of affordable, efficient and effective farm equipment for the farmers’ specific needs

Mission

To develop appropriate machinery and infrastructure designs for the modernization of the centers and special projects

 

MANDATE

  • Develop tools, machines and implements for the production and post-production of agricultural crops
  • Design and modify existing farm tools, machines and implements for local working conditions
  • Fabricate working model/prototype of farm tools, machines and implement

 

CONSTITUENT SECTIONS

Agricultural Infrasture Development Section

  • Design and Develop Protective and Treatment Structures for Fruit and Vegetables
  • Enhance the Technical Capability of BPI and DA Regional Centers in the Development of Location-Specific Protective and Treatment Structures

Farm Power and Equipment Development Section

  • Design and Develop Alternative Farm Power Source such as Windmills, Sterling Engines, Gasifiers and Solar Energy.

 

SERVICES OFFERED

  • Provision of consultancy on agricultural engineering concerns such as recommending technical applications of farm equipment and other agricultural mechanization technologies for adoption in the farm
  • Design and development of  agricultural mechanization technologies and  related infrastructure projects such as pressurized irrigation system plan/lay-out, Farm implement/machinery for tillage, production and postharvest operationsm and greenhouse (plastic/screen/glass)
  • Preparation of engineering plans, budget estimates, bidding documents and contract of agreement of agricultural engineering projects (infrastructure for agriculture, etc.)
  • Preparation of feasibility study on the adoption/utilization of agricultural mechanization technologies in farming.
  • Demonstration/exhibition/promotion of selected types of farm implement/equipment in the field during fair/festivals, upon request.
  • Repair of selected types of farm implement/equipment
  • Conduct of short training courses on the design, operation, and maintenance of selected types of agricultural equipment
  • Conduct of on-the-job training/apprenticeship program for graduating Agricultural Engineering students and graduates of related science
  • Distribution of leaflets/brochures/pamphlets and other printed technical information on selected farm equipment.
  • Planning/Monitoring and evaluation of BPI Model S.E.E.D. Farms Projects 

Crop Pest Management Division

 

The Crop Pest Management Division is the agency's arm tasked to administer crop pest management services anchored on optimization of crop harvests for greater food and economic sustainability. It traces its roots way back in 1932, upon the promulgation of Act No. 4007, known as the Reorganization Law of 1932, creating the Plant Sanitation Division.

The Division underwent several reorganizations. On April 1952, during the Third Republic, it was named as the Plant Pest and Disease Control Division.The Division took the name Pest and Disease Control Division by virtue of Reorganization Plan No. 30-A, as implemented by Executive Order No. 216, implemented on January 16, 1957. It became the Crop Protection Division under the Integrated Reorganization Plan of 1972, until it assumed its present name as mandated by the government's most recent reorganization plan. 

 

MISSION/VISION

Vision

Strengthen crop pest management services in the country by employing pest management strategies that are effective, safe and environment friendly to increase farm productivity, food sufficiency and security.

Mission

  • To provide direction in the establishment of sustainable bio-control agents production systems in community through integrated pest management
  • To conduct pest surveillance and monitoring; analyse pest incidence and issues pest advisories
  • To develop and maintain repository of data and provide national plant health status 

 

MANDATE

  • Develops and formulates guidelines and standards on management of plant pests
  • Provides technical assistance, coordination, and where necessary supervision over re-gional facilities, e.g. Regional Crop protection Centers (RCPCs) and surveillance and early warning system (SEWS), IPM-related national as well as bilateral/multinational technical program implementations are involved
  • Assists and supports in regional implementation of national/bilateral technical program cooperation in crop protection
  • Provides facilities for plant pests and disease diagnosis; mass production and rearing of biological control agents for field distribution training for crop protection staff and extension agents; and proper evaluation of national programs and projects on crop protection
  • Supervises and evaluates researches and other development projects on exotic pests of special national considerations
  • Maintains an up-to-date technical library on crop protection for researchers, technical workers and students of crop protection
  • Acts as a technical back staff in trainings of KASAKALIKASAN, the country’s National Crop Protection Policy
  • Acts as the central monitoring arm and repository of regional pest data

 

CONSTITUENT SECTIONS

Pest Forecasting Section

  • Conducts pest monitoring and post-border pest surveillance, analysis of pest incidence reports and issuance of pest advisory
  • Undertakes ecological pests assessment

Bio-Control and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Section

  • Oversees production, maintenance, distribution, screening, and assessment of the effectiveness of bio-con agents
  • Provides direction in the establishment of sustainable bio-control agents production systems in communities
  • Undertakes field verification of IPM activities and conducts assessment of RCPCs and the network bio-control laboratories

Plant Health and Pest Status Section

  • Provides national plant health status
  • Develops and maintain a repository of pest data, specimen-based pest list and other crop protection information
  • Determines and reports the pest incidence and resistance (i.e., invasive, outbreak or epidemic)

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Biological Control – identification, evaluation, conservation, mass production of beneficial organism for field application and integration with existing pest management practices
  • Integrated Pest Management – identification, development, verification and field application of existing novel sustainable pest management practices
  • Pest Monitoring – formulation, development, verification and field application of sound pest monitoring and surveillance activities in coordination with RFUs, RCPCs and LGUs
  • Pest Museum – maintained at the Crop Pest Management Division for ready reference and preserved collections.
  • Technical Assistance – to clientele, peers, and the general public in the identification and management of crop pests, serve as resource speakers on different crop pest management topics, hands-on training on mass production of biological control agents
  • Pest Clinic – inquiries regarding insect pests, diseases, rodents and weeds, these are identified, preserved and management recommendations are given to the clienteles

 

TECHNOLOGY

  • Trichogramma – egg parasitoid utilized as biocon agent to control asian corn borer (t. evanescens), rice stemborer (t.japonicum) and vegetable lepidopterous pest (t. Chilonis)
  • Metarhizium – green muscardine fungus used as bioagent versus rice black bug, rhinoceros beetle of coconut, coconut leaf beetle, etc.
  • Chilocorus nigrita – primarily feeds on the family Diaspididae namely; Aspidiotus destructor (armoured scale) on coconut andLepidosaphes ulmi (mussel scale) on lanzones but also has been reported to feed on whiteflies, aphids and psyllids.
  • Trichoderma – most common fungal antagonist and used as compost fungus activator
  • Lacewing – preys on aphids, thrips, mealybugs, whiteflies, armyworm, budworms, bollworms, borers, corn earworms, scale insects, psyllids, etc.
  • Telsimia nitida - feeds on Aspidiotus destructor (armoured scale) and Lepidosaphes ulmi (mussel scale)
  • Earwig – (Chelisoches morio) feeds on coconut leaf beetle Brontispa longissima; (Euborella annulata) feeds on corn borer and insect pests of vegetables

National Seed Quality Control Services


 

The National Seed Quality Control Services Division (NSQCSD), as mandated by the Seed Industry Act of 1992 (Republic Act 7308), supports the major thrusts of the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Plant Industry through the provision of quality assurance and control services for seed and planting material production, processing, storage and distribution, seed research and seed training in seed quality control towards sustainable agriculture and environmental protection.

The BPI-NSQCSD has stations spread across the country in the spirit of greater accesibility of the Bureau's services relevant to the agency's efforts to uphold availability of quality seeds.

 

VISION/MISSION

Vision

Improvement in the quality of the farming communities and private sector through the use of high quality seeds and planting materials of superior crop varieties which increase crop productivity and enable them to produce high quality agriculture products that are globally competitive.

Mission

To formulate and implement plans and programs on seed quality assurance and control services to assure availability of high quality seeds and improved planting materials.

 

FUNCTIONS

  • Formulate plans and programs on seed quality control services and activities on seed testing, seed/plant material certification and other quality control activities to be developed;
  • Sample and conduct seed analysis and issue corresponding report of analysis of sample drawn from locally produced and imported seed;
  • Conduct field inspection of seed crops, seed storage and processing facilities and other activities required for seed/plant material certification and issue the corresponding report of inspection;
  • Conduct other related function like seed research and seed technology training for its clientele;
  • Collect reasonable fees for testing of seeds, inspection of crop fields and facilities and for issuance of permits and license in relation to the activities of the Service and in accordance with the government regulation and standards;
  • Supervise and coordinate all official seed testing laboratories in the regions and provincial satellite laboratories and seed certification in all provinces and sub-provinces;
  • Accredit private seed testing laboratories; and
  • Perform such other function as the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) may direct.

 

SECTIONS

Seed Certification Section

  • Accreditation of seed growers to produce various seed crops
  • Field inspection – inspection of the field by authorized seed inspectors at least three times per cropping season as per standards established such as isolation requirements, presence of off types, admixtures and weeds and incidences of seed-borne diseases and pests, among others.
  • Seed sampling – drawing of a quantity of seed from seed lot in accordance with the International Rules of Seed Testing or as prescribed by NSIC.
  • Seed Testing – accurate and prompt analysis of seed sample to determine the planting value of seed based on the methodologies prescribed by the ISTA.
  • Tagging – after all field and laboratory standards are met, seed lots are then issued certification tags. Different seed classes are issued different colors: white-breeder seeds; red-foundation seeds; green-registered seeds; and blue-certified seeds.
  • Inspection of seed warehouses, processing plants and seed producers/dealers‘ distribution centers and production areas.
  • Pre and post control test-investigation of growing cultivars and the occurrence of certain seed-borne diseases grown on field plots. It needs familiarity of well-trained staff with the characteristics of the variety.

Crops Eligible for Certification: 

  • Rice
  • Corn
  • Sorghum
  • Mungbean
  • Peanut
  • Tobacco
  • White Potato
  • Cotton
  • Wheat
  • Soybean

 

Seed Testing Section - samples for different quality attributes in planting value such as germination, purity, varietal purity, moisture content, seed health, vigor, mechanical injury and other attributes are tested in accordance with the International Rules for Seed Testing (ISTA) or as prescribed NSIC. The following crops require seed testing:

  • Agricultural Seed and Vegetable Seed Tree
  • Shrub Seed Flower
  • Spice, Herb and Medicinal Species

 

Plant Material Certification Section - aims to produce and distribute high quality planting materials of superior crop varieties of known genetic and varietal purity including freedom from the seed-borne systemic diseases. This involves:

  • Formulate Plans and Programs on Plant Material Certification and Other Quality Control schemes to be developed
  • Conduct validation/revalidation of existing registered parent, foundation and scion tree, plantation and root crops based on formulated guidelines.
  • Conduct fruits samples for certification based on standard/guidelines.
  • Tagging of certified trees and seedlings of fruits, plantation crops and root crops.
  • Accredit tissue culture laboratory based on formulated standard/guideline for the production and distribution of tissue cultured planting materials.
  • Conduct monitoring of foundation and scion trees and seedling for certification and periodic monitoring of certified crops.

 

Regional NSQCS Stations:

 REGION

LABORATORY

LOCATION

AREA OF COVERAGE

National Capital Region

National Seed Quality Control Services (NSQCS)

Visayas Ave., Diliman, Quezon City

IRRI, UPLB, IPB, local and multi-national seed companies

I

NSQCS for Region 1

Tebag, Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan

La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur

 

Satellite NSQCS for Region 1

MMSU Compound, Tabug, Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte, part of Ilocos Sur

CAR
(Cordillera Administrative Region)

NSQCS for CAR

Guisad, Baguio City

Abra, Benguet

II

NSQCS for Region II

San Mateo, Isabela

Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino

 

Satellite NSQCS for Region II

Tuguegarao, Cagayan

Cagayan, Kalinga, Apayao

III

NSQCS for Region III

Maligaya, Muñoz, Nueva Ecija

Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bataan, Aurora Province, Bulacan, Pampanga,Zambales

IV

NSQCS for Region IV

Economic Garden, Los Baños, Laguna

Aurora, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Marinduque, Palawan, Quezon, Rizal, Romblon

 

Satellite NSQCS for Region IV

Barcenaga, Naujan. Or Mindoro

Oriental Mindoro

 

Satellite NSQCS for Region IV

San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Occidental Mindoro

 

Satellite NSQCS for Region IV

Irawan, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Palawan

V

NSQCS for Region V

San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur

Albay, Camarines Sur, Camnarines Norte, Masbate, Catanduanes

VI

NSQCS for Region VI

Hamungaya, Jaro, Iloilo City

Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras

 

Satellite NSQCS for Region VI

La Carlota City, Negros Occidental

Negros Occidental

VII

NSQCS for Region VII

Estancia, Mandaue City, Cebu

Cebu, Negros Oriental, Siquijor

 

Satellite NSQCS for Region VII

Bohol Experiment Station, Ubay, Bohol

Bohol

VIII

NSQCS for Region VIII

 

Eastern Leyte, Biliran, So. Leyte, Eastern Samar, So. Samar

IX

NSQCS for Region IX

Ipil, Zamboanga del Sur

Zamboanga Sur, Zamboanga Norte, Zamboanga City, Basilan

X

NSQCS for Region X

Cagayan de Oro City

Bukidnon, Camuiguin, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental

XI

NSQCS for Region XI

Bago Oshiro, Davao City

Davao City, Davao del Sur, Davao Norte, Davao Or., So. Cotabato,Sarangani

XII

NSQCS for Region XII

Bual, Midsayap, No. Cotabato

No., Cotabato, Cotabato City, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Sur, Lanao Norte, Maguindanao

XIII (CARAGA)

NSQCS for Region XIII

Butuan City

Agusan Sur, Agusan Borte, Surigao Sur, Surigao Norte

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