DOST-PCAARRD PRO­JECT TO IN­CREASE RUB­BER LA­TEX YIELD IN BASI­LAN

Agriculture - - Down South -

RUB­BER FARM­ERS in Basi­lan will soon be pro­vided with the best: tested high-yield­ing rub­ber clones, through the sup­port of the Philip­pine Coun­cil for Agri­cul­ture, Aquatic and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Re­search and Devel­op­ment of the De­part­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (DOST-PCAARRD). DOSTPCAARRD funded the first re­search and devel­op­ment (R&D) pro­ject of Basi­lan State Col­lege (BasSC), “S&T Com­mu­ni­tyBased Farms (STCBF) on Pro­mot­ing Rub­ber Plan­ta­tions in the Prov­ince of Basi­lan, ARMM,” which will be led by Prof. Jaime C. So­jor of BasSC, Lami­tan City cam­pus. The pro­ject aims to in­crease farm­ers’ rub­ber la­tex yield by 1.92 met­ric tons (mt) of dry rub­ber (DR)/hectare per year from the cur­rent yield of 1.28 mt DR/hectare per year. This can trans­late into a 50% in­crease in farm­ers’ in­come per hectare per year.

Aside from pro­vid­ing farm­ers with rub­ber clones, the pro­ject will fo­cus on the es­tab­lish­ment of an 0.5 hectare nurs­ery and 0.5 hectare bud­wood and mul­ti­pli­ca­tion gar­den to prop­a­gate the seven Na­tional Seed In­dus­try Coun­cil (NSIC)-rec­om­mended clones: PB217, PB235, PB260, PB311, PB330, RRIM600, and USM1.

The nurs­ery and gar­den will be un­der the care of BasSC-Lami­tan City Cam­pus. More­over, model rub­ber farms will be es­tab­lished by farmer co­op­er­a­tors to show­case the best man­age­ment prac­tices that will be in­tro­duced by the pro­ject.

BasSC pres­i­dent Dr. Nasser A. Salain, Al-Haj com­mit­ted to de­liver what the pro­ject aims for so that the prov­ince can re­al­ize its ob­jec­tive of pro­vid­ing farm­ers with high-yield­ing clones from the bud­wood gar­den and nurs­ery.

Basi­lan ranks as the third ma­jor pro­ducer of rub­ber in the coun­try, with a to­tal pro­duc­tion area of 45,308 hectares, ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries in the Au­tonomous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao (DAF-ARMM). How­ever, de­spite the large area for pro­duc­tion, the aver­age la­tex pro­duc­tion is still be­low the na­tional aver­age of 1.28 met­ric tons per hectare per year.

The pro­ject was ap­proved through the re­quest of the DOST-ARMM Re­gional Sec­re­tary Myra Mangk­abung Alih, who is also a rub­ber farmer. (MARCELINO U. SILADAN, DOST-PCAARRD S&T ME­DIA SER­VICE)

DOST-ARMM Re­gional Sec­re­tary and Re­gional R&D Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil (RRDC) chair­per­son Myra M. Alih (right), Basi­lan State Col­lege pres­i­dent Dr. Nasser A. Salain, Al-Haj (cen­ter), and DOST-PCAARRD Tech­nol­ogy Trans­fer and Pro­mo­tion Di­vi­sion (TTPD)...

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