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BPI - Davao National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center

 

The Davao National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center, formerly known as the Davao Experiment Station located in Bago Oshiro, Tugbok District, Davao City was one of the first experimental stations operated by the defunct Fiber Division of the Bureau of Plant Industry. The station was charged mainly with the solution of the problems of the abaca industry in Mindanao.

In the pre-war years, the station was called the Bago Experimental Farm of the OTHA Development Company, a Japanese owned corporation with the idea of modernizing the cultivation of abaca in Davao. The project did not progress until the corporation established the Bago Experiment Station. The program of activities of the station gradually expanded. Experiments were not only focused on coconut, abaca and ramie but also to other crops such as citrus, pilinuts, durian, mabolo, rambutan, chico, marang, lychee, mangoes, star apple, Arabica coffee, African oil palm, blackpepper and rubber. The station received technical and financial aids from both the Ministry of Industry of Japan and the General’s Office of Formosa. The station was intended to become the center for the improvement of agricultural technology in Southeast Asia.

In 1947, the former Bureau of Plant Industry Director and the first station superintendent, Eugenio E. Cruz. succeeded in negotiating for the segregation of 46 hectares from the titled property of 1,004 hectares Japanese abaca plantation under the administration of the defunct National Abaca and other Fiber Corporation (NAFCO) for use by the BPI as an experimental station, hence the establishment of the Davao Experiment Station.

On March 25, 1952 NAFCO formally turned-over the whole 1,004 hectares to the Bureau of Plant Industry by virtue of Executive Order No. 372. Through the Executive Order No, 116 of President Corazon C. Aquino in January 1987, BPI was reorganized to become a staff bureau of the Department of Agriculture. As such, four (4) centers were retained all over the country. For Mindanao, the Davao Experiment Station was identified and was consequently renamed the Davao National Crop Research and Development Center (DNCRDC). In January 2015, it was again renamed as the Davao National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center (DNCRDPSC) under E.O. 366.

 

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VISION/MISSION

Vision

Vibrant crop farming communities and the industry sector producing quality accessible and affordable food for the Filipino people.

Mission

Conserve and develop Philippine plant genetic resources and ensure the development and protection of the plant industry.

 

FUNCTIONS

Research and Development

Seed System Management

Plant Genetic Resources Conservation and Development Activities

Promotion/Dissemination of Developed/Generated Technologies and Information

Research & Development Priorities

Commodities

 

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