Agriculture - - For High Elevation -

THE BOOK ti­tled “Bam­boo, The Grass of Hope” won the “Out­stand­ing Book Awards” for 2018 con­ferred by the Na­tional Academy of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, Philip­pines (NAST-Phl). This was learned from Edgardo Manda, pres­i­dent of the Philip­pine Bam­boo Foun­da­tion, Inc. which com­mis­sioned the writ­ing of the award-win­ning book. The au­thors are Drs. Aida C. Baja-Lapis, Ar­mando M. Pal­i­hon, Florentino O. Te­soro and Felizardo D. Vir­tu­cio. The award­ing will be held at the Manila Ho­tel on July 12 dur­ing the Academy’s an­nual sci­en­tific meet­ing.

The con­tents in­clude pro­duc­tion of plant­ing ma­te­ri­als, man­age­ment of bam­boo stands for pole and shoot pro­duc­tion, or­na­men­tal bam­boos, eco­log­i­cal func­tions of bam­boos, bam­boo biomass for en­ergy, pro­long­ing ser­vice life of bam­boo, en­gi­neered bam­boo, and oth­ers.

The book con­tains a lot of pic­tures and il­lus­tra­tions of var­i­ous prod­ucts made of bam­boo. The botan­i­cal names are also com­plete for all the bam­boos grown in the Philip­pines which num­ber about a hun­dred species.

The hard­bound edi­tion costs R2,000 while the pa­per­bound is R1,600 per copy. Edgardo Manda can be reached at 0917 845.0708 for in­for­ma­tion on how to or­der copies. ma­tu­rity. Eco­nomic losses as­so­ci­ated with this dis­ease in­clude poor grain qual­ity and re­duced grain weight.

In or­der to ad­dress the grower’s need to man­age the dis­ease and main­tain pro­duc­tiv­ity on high­land corn en­vi­ron­ments, NK306BtGT has been in­tro­duced this wet sea­son amongst Mindanao grow­ers.

Duanne Ma­cabud­bud, Corn Prod­uct Se­lec­tion Lead, be­lieves NK306BtGT can per­form well and can be widely grown on up­land and high el­e­va­tion ar­eas and in ar­eas where DER is a ma­jor prob­lem.

NK306BtGT ma­tures in 120 days and is rec­om­mended for both wet and dry sea­sons in Mindanao. It is known to be tol­er­ant to DER, stalk rot and fo­liar dis­eases. This va­ri­ety is also known to per­form in poor soils and un­der ad­verse weather con­di­tions. It can be planted at a den­sity of 71,000-80,000 plants/ha with a po­ten­tial yield of 10-12 t/ha.

Ini­tial users of NK306BtGT were also found to be well sat­is­fied with its gen­eral yield per­for­mance and agro­nomic fea­tures. Among the sat­is­fied per­sons are Mar­ilou Pa­jal of Capinonan, Ca­ban­glasan, Bukid­non (a fi­nancier), Ran­dolf Leu­terio, 58, a self-fi­nanced grower from Tam­boboan, Clave­ria Misamis Ori­en­tal, Mer­linda Mal­icay, 47, from Dal­wan­gan, Malay­balay City, Bukid­non, who has been into corn farm­ing for al­most 20 years now. All of them said that the new hy­brid is re­ally great for plant­ing in their high­land ar­eas.

Bam­boo tiles for floor­ing.

Edgardo Manda shows a hard­bound edi­tion of the award-win­ning book.

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