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Dr. Michael Turner consultant of AVRDC meets with the BPI Division and Center Chiefs last February 10 at the BPI Conference Hall.  Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC) or the World Vegetable Center was organized to alleviate poverty and malnutrition in developing nations through the improved production and consumption of nutritious and health-promoting vegetables.  Dr. Turner has been assigned to follow up on the impact of the use of the improved AVRDC lines of tomato and pepper germplasm in South East Asian countries. He was scheduled to meet with public and private breeders in the country to discuss their use of such material and its impact on seed production in the region to help AVRDC, national programs and seed companies provide farmers with better seeds.

Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), as the regulatory agency for seed variety registration welcomed Dr. Turner. Dr. Herminigilda Gabertan Chief of the Los Baños National Crop Research Development and Production Support Center (LBNCRDPSC) provided an overview on AVRDC and BPI’s collaboration. BPI and ASSP/PCARRD (Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development) funded the project entitled “Testing of AVRDC Vegetable Varieties in the Philippines”

The conducted researches were confined in the Five (5) AVRDC crops such as Mungbean, Soybean, Sweet Potato, Chinese Cabbage and Tomato. Since then, continuous breeding materials were received and evaluated under the BPI. With several vegetable materials received from AVRDC since 1975, some lines of sweet potato (2) Chinese cabbage (1) and tomato (3) were approved. From a project funded by PCAARRD, 3 out of 7 lines of eggplant and 1 hot pepper out of 5 lines were identified as resistant rootstocks for vegetable grafting technology.

However AVRDC lines used as parental stock were recently given provisional release as regional varieties due to a need for material transfer agreement of parent materials. Dr. Turner said he would look into this issue.

Assistant Director Dante V. Fidel thanked Dr. Turner and AVRDC for their continuous support in improving production of vegetables to relieve hunger and poverty. He also asked Dr. Turner to continue providing BPI with trainings and internships to further expand their technical capabilities in Breeding, Crop Protection, Vegetable Nutrition, Hydroponics and Genebank Management. 

AVRDC and BPI revitalized relationship promised improved vegetable lines in the seed industry. 


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The Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Plant Industry supports Department of Education and Ako ang Saklay Inc. project:

“Gulayan sa Paaralan, Kalusugan ng Kabataan.

Gulayan sa Bakuran, Kabuhayan ng Mamamayan.”

The launch was held in San Antonio, Nueva Ecija last February 4, 2016. The event was attended by principals, students and supporters from DEPED, LGU’s, 4P’s beneficiaries, Churches and representatives from DSWD, DENR, DPWH, DILG, PNP, DOH etc. who believe in Ako ang Saklay Inc’s mission to act together and be a “Saklay” to cultivate and protect the environment and one another.

Ako ang Saklay Director Fr. Arnold M. Abelardo, CMF has been supporting youths, differently abled individuals and disaster victims. Saklay provides scholarship to deserving individuals, livelihood trainings and workshop for poor families, and also spiritual guidance. Stories were told on how Saklay helped the community and inspired leaders to work harder especially after typhoons Lando and Nona that brought destruction to crops, houses, schools and roads in Nueva Ecija. The experience made the leaders Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio Matias Umali and San Antonio Mayor Antonino Lustre express their solidarity in protecting the environment.

DEPED Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro gave emphasis on the importance of teachers in the formation of students’ values, their roles in the rehabilitation of the community during and after the storm and their strength, dedication and sincerity in doing their duties. The Gulayan sa Paaralan is another approach not only to introduce farming to young students but also ensure food security in the community as it has expanded to Gulayan sa Bakuran.  He also challenged the principals and teachers to apply Science and Economics in this project by making them profitable and sustainable.

One of the scholars told how Father Arnold has helped in her studies. She also thanked the Department of Agriculture for giving her father certified seeds to plant again after the disastrous typhoons that swept the entire province.

Seeds, seedlings, farming tools from the Bureau of Plant were distributed. Mr. Romeo P Ayos, Chief of   Crop Research and Production Support Division thanked Fr. Arnold for the opportunity and allowing DA through BPI help and reach places and families in San Antonio and nearby municipalities. BPI will continue to work hard to cultivate and protect the environment through the young minds and hands of the students at school and in the community. 


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