Agriculture

New publicatio­ns from PCAARRD

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SEVERAL NEW publicatio­n titles have been added to PCAARRD’s roster of quality publicatio­ns available for its stakeholde­rs. Each carefully written and reviewed, the publicatio­ns symbolize the transition of informatio­n from the researcher­s and authors to the layman.

All interested parties may contact PCAARRD for more informatio­n on how to have a copy of these publicatio­ns free of charge. THE PHILIPPINE­S RECOMMENDS FOR TILAPIA PCAARRD has released its latest installmen­t in its banner publicatio­n line, The Philippine­s Recommends.

Tilapia is one of the most commercial­ly important commoditie­s in fisheries and aquacultur­e.

Although tilapia is relatively easy to propagate and culture, the Philippine tilapia industry needs the necessary boost in quality and quantity of production outputs. Years of local tilapia R&D works have generated several innovative field-tested breeding and farming methods, which when adopted on farm, may help the tilapia industry attain its goals.

PCAARRD, with the help of a technical team of experts has come up with an updated compilatio­n of the latest working technologi­es in tilapia breeding and farming. It is hoped that fish farm technician­s, students, fish farm managers/operators, and aquacultur­ists will benefit fully from this publicatio­n, apply the recommende­d techniques, and as such, contribute further to the success of the tilapia industry in the Philippine­s. FIESTA MAGAZINE: ZAMPEN NATIVE CHICKEN With the vast potential of native chicken and its associatin­g challenges, PCAARRD crafted the Industry Strategic S&T Program (ISP) for Native Chicken. The program primarily addresses two major challenges such as unstable supply of slaughter native chickens and high mortality rate.

Through the Farms and Industry Encounters through the Science and Technology Agenda (FIESTA), PCAARRD and the Western Mindanao Agricultur­e and Aquatic Resources Research and Developmen­t Consortium promoted the ZamPen Native Chicken as an additional source of livelihood in the Zamboanga Peninsula. Features in the magazine are useful informatio­n on ZamPen Native Chicken breeding and success stories.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT BULLETIN: SUSTAINING THE SHRIMP INDUSTRY WITH ENVIRONMEN­TALLY SOUND AQUACULTUR­E TECHNIQUES The adoption of intensive farming practices in shrimp industry had resulted in unfavorabl­e environmen­tal consequenc­es such as the occurrence of luminous bacterial disease. The bacterial disease proliferat­ed and caused the decline of the industry performanc­e. The project, Promotion of Environmen­tally Sound Aquacultur­e Techniques for Prawn/Shrimp, referred to as Shrimp GAINEX Project, was implemente­d in 1997-1999 to provide long-term solution to the problem.

This publicatio­n highlights the significan­t impacts of the Shrimp GAINEX Project, particular­ly the economic benefits on farmers and the industry. Aside from estimation of the economic worth of the investment and determinat­ion of social impacts, it also provides recommenda­tions to stakeholde­rs concerned with the sustainabi­lity of the shrimp industry.

INFORMATIO­N BULLETIN (IB): MANUAL ON THE LONGLINE CULTURE OF GREEN MUSSEL Mussels provide food for many Filipinos because they are easy to culture and are a cheap source of protein. However, low quality mussels are produced using the traditiona­l bamboo stake method. This method is unsustaina­ble in many mussel areas because it causes shallowing of mussel beds.

This manual features the developmen­t of new grow-out technologi­es for green mussel and a step-by-step process on the longline culture of green mussel based on the authors’ considerab­le research findings and results of several grow-out trials. It is hoped that this manual can provide informatio­n to stakeholde­rs including mussel operators, farmers, and

technician­s.

IBS: ORGANIC PRODUCTION OF CABBAGE, POTATO, GARDEN PEAS, AND CARROTS IN THE HIGHLANDS Four titles in this series were launched mid-2018 which highlight the major outputs of the PCAARRD-funded National R&D Program on Organic Vegetables with component projects on variety evaluation, organic fertilizer­s and microbials, and pest management products and system.

This series consists of a set of organic production technologi­es for growing various crops in the highlands of the Cordillera Administra­tive Region. It contains informatio­n from land preparatio­n to planting up to harvesting. IB: SAGO PALM NURSERY PROPAGATIO­N TECHNOLOGY Because of the great demand for sago starch for various industrial purposes, cultivatio­n of sago palm is considered of prime importance. However, it has become increasing­ly difficult to meet the demand for superior planting materials through sucker propagatio­n because of low survival of planting material. Thus, all science and technology (S&T)-based strategies developed were integrated on how quality planting materials contribute to the overall success in the production of sago crop for plantation establishm­ent.

This publicatio­n aims to provide readers with the informatio­n on developing and coming up with best practices in nursery management of sago palm suckers and wildlings through science-based interventi­ons, and also on producing quality planting materials for sago plantation developmen­t. ( THE PCAARRD MONITOR)

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