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The Bureau of Plant Industry - Davao National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center conducted its 2016 Pre-in-house Research and Development Review and Evaluation last May 25, 2016 at the BPI-DNCRDPSC’s Conference Room, Bago Oshiro, Tugbok District, Davao City.  The main purpose of this activity was to review, evaluate and monitor the status and accomplishments of all R & D studies being implemented by DNCRDPSC and  likewise,  recommend strategic measures for the improvement of these studies.

There were twenty-one R & D studies programmed for presentation and evaluation  of which four are completed and  seventeen are on-going.  Among the four completed studies, three were funded by DOST-PCAARRD and one by the BPI’s regular fund.  Out of the twenty-one studies, twenty R & D papers were presented, reviewed and evaluated.  

As per synthesis of the review, two completed studies under the DOST-PCAARRD’s program on S & T Management Approaches against Fusarium Wilt Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. Cubense (Foc) on Cavendish in Mindanao entitled “Adaptability Trial of Seven GCTCV Somaclones against Fusarium Wilt” and “Development of Biological Control Strategies against Foc Tropical Race 4 (TR4)” which were presented by Ms. Ma. Adelfa N. Lobres (Agriculturist II) and Ms. Arceli G. Yebes (Agriculturist II), respectively, were elevated to the BPI National In-house R & D Review to be held this  coming June 15, 2016 in Davao City.  Another completed study that was identified to be elevated was the BPI regular funded study on “Screening of Banana and Plantain (Musa spp.) Collections for Fiber Extraction”  which was presented by Ms. Jonalyn A. Pabuaya (Agriculturist II).  Aside from the three completed studies, the on-going study presented by Mr. Virgilio L. Loquias (Supervising Agriculturist) entitled “Flower and Fruit Thinning in Durian”, a component study of the project on “Durian Tree Management for Optimum Production”:  under the Regional Durian R & D Program of DOST-PCAARRD was also identified to have significant findings or relevant information and tree management techniques generated that are worth for dissemination, hence, proposed to be included in the BPI-DNCRDPSC’s R&D papers for presentation in the national R&D review.

DNCRDPSC successfully held its 2016 Pre-in-house R & D Review and Evaluation with the presence of Dr. Virgie P. Ugay, a plant pathologist and faculty-researcher of the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) and Dr. Lorna E. Herradura (Center Chief, BPI-DNCRDPSC) as evaluators. (May P. Loquias)

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It’s mango season once again in the island province of Guimaras and to celebrate the bountiful harvest of the world renowned mango, an annual Manggahan Festival is being celebrated from May 11-22, 2016.

This year’s celebration involves different government and private organizations, local government units, associations and other stakeholders. The Bureau of Plant Industry-Guimaras National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center (BPI-Guimaras NCRDPSC) annually supports and took part on the different activities during the festivity.

One of the activities supported by the Center is the Farmers’ and Fisherfolks Day held on May 13, 2016.  Participated by some 350 farmers, fisherfolk and other stakeholders, the one- day event highlighted the different technologies on farming and fishing, distribution of quality planting materials, talent competition of different farmers and fisherfolk organization and farmlympics (fun games and other related activities on farming and fishing). During the event, the Center distributed quality planting materials (300 grafted seedlings), various vegetable seeds (squash, ampalaya, pole sitao, okra, eggplant, cucumber, tomato and cow pea) and potted herbs (chives, holy and sweet basil, tarragon, gynura and herba buena), which benefitted 211farmers and other stakeholders.

Moreover, during the National Government Agencies (NGAs) day and night, the Center joins the one shop stop set-up for NGAs.  Information concerning the Center’s services was presented and IEC materials on different matured technologies on mango were distributed. Talents competition among the agencies highlighted the concluded the event at night.  Grand parade during the final day of Manggahan festival and the Foundation day of the province of Guimaras was also participated by the Center.

The Center’s participation to the different activities of Manggahan festival did not only strengthened ties and collaboration with the provincial government of Guimaras LGUs and other agencies but also an avenue to extend services and materials assistance to farmers and other stakeholders. (RS Orquia)

 

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