BPI Centers

BPI - Los Baños National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center

 

The Los Baños National Crop Research, Development, and Production Support Center (LBNCRDC) of the Bureau of Plant Industry was established on November 20, 1931 by virtue of Passage Act No. 3910 of the pre-independence Philippine Legislature. Formerly known as Los Baños Economic Garden, it was formally inaugurated in 1933 by Dr. Edwin Copeland, founder and first dean of the UP College of Agriculture. During the reorganization of the Department of Agriculture on July 1, 1988, the station was renamed Los Baños National Crop Research and Development Center as per Executive Order No. 116. The Center assumed its current name by virtue of Executive Order No. 366.

 

 

 

 

VISION/MISSION

Vision

Increase farmers productivity/profitability and in alleviation of poverty through crop research, production of high quality seeds and planting materials and transfer of developed technologies.

Mission

Spearheads the development of improved varieties and other technologies for lowland vegetable and other horticultural crops; production of high quality seeds of various crops and plant materials of fruit trees and ornamentals; and transfer of developed technologies to the farming clientele.

 

MANDATE

  • Generate and promote relevant technologies for lowland vegetables and other horticultural crops
  • Production of quality seeds and plant materials
  • Transfer of generated technologies to increase farmers' productivity and attain food security of the farming communities

 

FUNCTIONS

Crop Research - As one of the breeding centers of the BPI, the BPI-LBNCRDC conducts different research activities such as varietal improvement, culture, management, and pest research on:

  • Tomato              
  • Eggplant
  • Pole Sitao
  • Squash
  • Mungbean
  • Vegetable Soybean

Special Projects

  • High Value Crops Program
  • Peri-Urban

  • Bio-Intensive Home Gardening

  • Compost-Based

  • Product Development

Crop Production 

  • Breeder and foundation seeds of seedboard varieties
  • High quality fruit trees; ornamentals and medicinal plants
  • Economically important crops
  • Technology transfer to share in the development and promotion of better agriculture in the Philippines through (1) bringing developed technologies through Techno-Demo Farm Trial in Region I to V; (2) providing on-the-job-training to local and foreign students, farmers, and technicians; and (3) promoting the use of vermicompost as organic fertilizer to high-value vegetables, and potting media for ornamental crops

BPI - La Granja National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center

 

The La Granja National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center (LGNCRDPSC) is one of the five agricultural centers of the Bureau of Plant Industry situated in Barangay La Granja, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental. It modestly began under the name La Granja Modelo, meaning model farm which was then run by the early Spanish settlers until 1896. In 1902, the model farm was relinquished to the Bureau of Agriculture. Then from March 1939 to November 30, 1940, it was turned over to the Agricultural Service, Inc. On December 1, 1940 the Sugar Quota Administration took over its operation until March 30, 1942 and was known as the National Sugarcane Experiment Station.

On March 26, 1946, after World War II under the name La Granja Experiment Station, the place was officially opened for public service under the Bureau of Plant Industry. In 1978, when the consortium, La Granja Agricultural Research Center (LGARC now LGARDC) was established, the station became a member agency and shared the facilities with other member agencies like the SRA, BAI, UPLBCARTS and PCARRD. The latter blazed the trail for providing the infrastructures and other facilities of the consortium. In 1989, Executive Order No. 116 reorganized the Department of Agriculture. The Bureau of Plant Industry retained the station, making it one of its National Crop Centers, hence the name La Granja National Crop Research and Development Center (LGNCRDC).

Today, LGNCRDC is a member of La Granja Agricultural Research and Development center (LGARDC), a local consortium of five national agencies. It is also a member agency of the Western Visayas Agriculture, Resources Research and Development Consortium (WESVARRDEC), a regional consortium with 28 government and private member agencies.

The Center has been an active partner in countryside development through its research, development and extension endeavors. It has been generated a number of technologies, which are being adopted by farmer-clientele. Among the noteworthy accomplishments were the seven crop varieties (3 yellow, flint, open-pollinated corn; 3 soybean; and 1 sweetpotato) approved by the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) for commercial production. In addition, NSIC has approved from the Center’s fruit collection, two Bangkok Santol Trees that are known for their superior quality, as parent trees and source of scion for propagation of certified planting materials.

The main programs are research and production, utilizing 15 hectares of its 95 hectares area for research and 40 hectares for production, while buildings, roads and canals occupy 6 hectares; 27 hectares are ravines, creeks and stony areas; squatters occupy the remaining area. Its physical structures include the administration building (shared with SRA and PCC), crop research building, seed house, seed processing plant, plant nursery, satellite seed testing laboratory, service building (also shared with SRA), greenhouses, tissue culture laboratory, agribusiness service center, seed and farm supply storage building, staff cottages, and a dormitory.

 

VISION/MISSION  

Vision

Generation of appropriate technologies responsive to crop farming communities and production of high quality basic seeds and planting materials of superior plant varieties toward sustainable agriculture and food sufficiency

Mission

Conserve and develop the genetic resources of legumes and other upland crops and ensure the development and protection of high yielding varieties for commercial production

 

 

MANDATE

The Center is primarily tasked to generate technologies for field legumes and other upland crops, and to produce high quality seeds and planting materials. It links with other government institutions and the private sector in conducting research and piloting of technologies. Likewise, it provides extension services in the form of lectures/demonstrations, on-the-job trainings, exhibits, farm demos at farmer’s field and conduct of field days.

 

LINKAGES

  • WESVARRDEC
  • LGARDC
  • DA-RFU 6
  • La Carlota City College
  • Provincial R, D & E Network
  • PhilRice
  • LSU
  • NAFC
  • PCC
  • BAR
  • LGUs
  • NGOs
  • KMPCI
  • BBIMM MPC

 

SERVICES OFFERED

  • On-the-job Trainings (plant propagation, tissue culture, crop production of upland crops)
  • Quality Seed Distribution
  • Plant Material Distribution
  • Technical Consultation
  • Lectures
  • Venue for Trainings/Seminars
  • Farm Practice for Agriculture Students
  • Seed Analysis
  • Techno Demo

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

 

To increase farm productivity

To raise the level of farmer’s income.

 

Vision

Vibrant crop farming communities and the industry sector producing quality, accessible and globally competitive agricultural crops profitable for the Filipino

Mission

Conserve and develop Philippine Plant Genetic Resources and ensure the protection and development of the plant industry.

 

History


The former Baguio National Crop Research Development and Production Support Center (BNCRDPSC) started its humble beginnings in 1904 as the Trinidad Garden, an offshoot of Act No. 261 dated October 8, 1901 of the United States - Philippine Commission under the Department of Interior creating the Bureau of Agriculture.  Organized and conceived to foster scientific agriculture of semi-temperate crops, the station first held its office at the present site of the Benguet State University.  In 1920, it was transferred to Bontoc, then the capital settlement of the whole Mountain Province, some 140 kilometers north of Baguio City.  Some years later, it was brought back to Pacdal, Baguio City then finally to Guisad Valley, Baguio City where it sits at present.

On October 25, 1934 during the time of the late Governor General Frank Murphy, Trinidad Garden became the Semi-Temperate Fruit Station by virtue of proclamation No. 743.  The facility was later renamed “The Baguio Experiment Station.”  In 1986, the station was merged with the Buguias Experiment Station and was named the Baguio-Buguias Experiment Complex.

In January 1987, when Bureau of Plant Industry was recognized as a staff Bureau under the production group of the Department of Agriculture through Executive Order 116, Baguio-Buguias Experiment Complex was one of the four stations retained under BPI.  The station was renamed Baguio National Crop Research and Development Center (BNCRDC) in 1992 and was again renamedthe Baguio National Crop Research , development and Production Support Center in 2014 .

BNCRDPSC station is located at Guisad Valley, Baguio City at an average altitude of 1,417 meters above sea level.  The compound has a total land area of 9.40 hectares to include the experimental and germplasm pool where collections of different fruit trees, which are considered exceptional are planted. Buildings, laboratories and othe production facilities are likewise erected in the area.

With agricultural development as an imperative concern, BNCRDPSC continues to be involved in the a) Conduct of researches on crop protection, crop improvement, culture and management, and varietal improvement; b) Production of clean seed and plant materials of potato, highland vegetables, banana, strawberry, citrus and other sub-tropical fruit crops; c) Mass production of Diadegma semiclausum as a biological agent for the control of Diamond backmoth and Trichoderma for the control of clubroot for crucifers and bacterial wilt for potato; d) Provision of the appropriate technologies to clients ; e) Monitoring of pesticide residues in agricultural crops; f) Certification of improved planting materials; and g) Coordinating the implementation of plans and programs of the Bureau of Plant Industry as a whole.

 

Mandate

Agricultural research. development and extension are its main concern with emphasis on technologies for semi-temperate crops suitable in the Cordillera and other regions of the country with similar agro-climatic conditions. BNCRDPSC continues to be involved in the production of improved quality seeds and planting materials, crop protection from pests and diseases, biotechnology with emphasis on tissue culture of specific crops.

Included in the regulatory/extension functions are: the monitoring of agricultural pesticides residue levels under the pesticide analytical laboratories, development of bio-control technologies as an important factor of Integrated Pest Management and secure the mass production of Diadegma and trichoderma for distribution to farmer-clients. The center also responds to requests of farmers, LUGs, SCUs and other NGOs for trainings and field/facility visits as part of our information dissemination.

Thrusts:

  • Generation of technologies and development programs that respond to the needs of the clientele for increased productivity
  • Production of quality seeds and plant materials
  • Development and expansion of integrated pest management program
  • Monitor pesticide residues on crops, fishes and environment concerns in Regions CAR, I and II.
  • Provision of analytical services to government/private clientele
  • Provides seed certification services
  • Provides technical assistance to farmer clienteles in the region
  • Production of Information Education and Communication Materials

 

Satellite and Extension Projects

Sual Foundation Grove

A foundation grove for assorted fruit crops is currently being maintained by BNCRDC in Sual, Pangasinan.  At present, fruit crops being raised include citrus, mango, pummelo, durian and papaya.  The area serves as source of scions or budwoods for scion groves.  The area was established October 1991.

 

Buguias Seed farm

The satellite station  of the Center located at  Barangay Calagan in Buguias, Benguet with an elevation of 2,100 meters above sea level is primarily devoted to white potato seed production.  Buguias Seedfarm has a total area of 36 hectares but only 10 hectares as operational.  Eight (8) units of plastic houses have been constructed for Go potato seed production.

Established in 1978, the seed farm is envisioned to become the major source of basic seeds for distribution to qualified contract growers who in turn will produce certified seeds for the region and other potato growing areas in the country.  Production of pechay seeds serves as an intercrop.

A one (1) hectare virgin area is being maintained for seed production of potato vars. Igorota, Tawid, Gloria, Watwat, Signal, and vegetable seeds such as radish and pechay.

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

 

 

The Guimaras National Crop Research, Development, and Production Support Center (GNCRDPSC) is one of two agricultural centers of the Bureau of Plant Industry in the Visayas. 

 

 

VISION/MISSION

Vision

“A vibrant crop farming communities producing globally-competitive mango and other high value crops profitable for the Filipinos” 

Mission

“Spearhead in the conservation and development of genetic resources on mango and other high value crops, adoption of cost-effective and environment-friendly technologies and provision of quality planting materials”

 

MANDATE

  • Generate and develop cost-effective and applicable production technologies to enhance productivity and export quality crops; to include the discipline on plantgenetic resources (PGR), varietal improvement, cultural management, crop protection and postharvest handling.
  • Implement activities to enhance technology promotion and dissemination, technical and material assistance, linkages and manpower capacity building.
  • Production and distribution of quality planting materials from NSIC registered strains of mango and other high value crops.
  • Evaluation of promising mother trees.
  • Conduct survey and evaluation and recommend for accreditation/re-accreditation of potential nursery operators.


SERVICES OFFERED

  • Technical consultation on mango propagation, production and postharvest handling
  • Technical briefing for educational tours, field visits, lakbay-aral trips or walk-in visitors
  • Farm visit to mango plantations and orchards
  • Pest identification and diagnosis (insect and diseases problems on mango)
  • Materials   assistance (specimens, information, education and communication materials, seedlings)
  • Conduct training, lecture or technology demonstration on mango propagation, production and processing
  • Research adviser or evaluator on studies related to mango
  • On-the-Job training or farm practice (college or highschool) on mango production and processing
  • Fruit maturity evaluation (mango)
  • Sales and distribution of quality planting materials (grafted mango and scions) 

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.

 

MANDATE

  • The Davao National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center is mandated to generate and promote relevant technologies on tropical crops and the production of quality seeds and plant materials to enhance farmers’ productivity and food security for sustainable farming enterprise towards global competitiveness.

 

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

  •  Generation of improved and relevant technologies/information

Seed System Management

  • Production and distribution of quality seeds of Open Pollinated Variety (OPV) of corn and vegetables (Okra, Ampalaya, Pole Sitao, Bush Sitao, Cowpea and Indigenous Vegetable Crops)
  • Production and distribution of high quality planting materials of tropical fruit trees and plantation crops ( Durian, Pummelo, Rambutan, Lanzones, Mango, cacao and rubber) and other fruit crops with economic potential (Bread Fruit, Jackfruit, Abiu, Guayabano, Calamansi and some indigenous fruit crops).
  • Production and distribution of disease-free tissue cultured banana plantlets.
  • Maintenance of foundation grove and budwood garden of NSIC registered varieties of tropical fruit trees and plantation crops.
  •  Distribution of plant propagules of NSIC registered varieties of tropical fruit trees and plantation crops for mass propagation.

Plant Genetic Resources Conservation and Development Activities

  • Collection, conservation, characterization, evaluation, utilization and maintenance of different species/accessions/varieties of fruits including  indigenous fruit crops.

Promotion/Dissemination of Developed/Generated Technologies and Information

  • Techno-demonstration  and distribution of IEC materials.

Research & Development Priorities

  • Identification, collection, maintenance and utilization of germplasm and indigenous genetic resources
  • Selection, breeding and gene mapping
  • Development of cultural management practices
  • Crop protection management strategies
  • Application of new pomological technologies.

Commodities

  • R & D priority or thrust commodities are focused on tropical fruit trees and plantation crop such as banana, durian, citrus,  lanzones, papaya, mangosteen, rambutan, cacao and other special fruit crops that have economic potential.

 

SERVICES OFFERED

  • Inspection and evaluation of plant nurseries and facilitates submission of requirements for BPI accreditation..
  • Inspection and evaluation of tissue culture laboratories and facilitates submission of requirements for BPI accreditation.
  • Provide training/seminar on plant nursery accreditation guidelines
  • Cater farmer-clienteles’ need for cost-effective and eco-friendly control of plant pests and diseases.
  • Cater stakeholders’ need for high quality planting materials.
  • Cater plant nursery operators’ need for scion and budwood materials of NSIC registered varieties of tropical fruit trees and plantation crops.
  • Provide technical assistance through on-farm visitation, seminars/trainings, field demonstration, lectures and distribution of IEC materials.
  • Laboratory plant pests and diseases diagnosis or identification as per specimen submitted by farmer-clients.
  • Facilitate on-the-job-training students.

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