DOST-FPRDI de­vel­ops com­pe­tent rub­ber farm­ers, tap­pers, and train­ers

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LAST MONTH, a group of high school stu­dents in Zam­boanga Sibugay started learn­ing how to grow, plant, and har­vest the sap of rub­ber trees: the most im­por­tant crop in their prov­ince.

The task of teach­ing the rub­ber pro­duc­tion course may seem daunt­ing, but teacher Elsa Ven­di­ola is con­fi­dent she will be able to teach the sub­ject well, thanks to a re­cent train­ing she at­tended. Or­ga­nized by the DOSTFor­est Prod­ucts Re­search and De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute (DOST-FPRDI), the train­ing was de­signed to teach four com­pe­ten­cies: estab­lish a rub­ber bud­wood and seedlings nurs­ery, plant rub­ber trees and seedlings, do a bud­ding op­er­a­tion, and har­vest la­tex. “From the course, I learned not only con­cepts but skills I could pass on not only to my stu­dents but even to my peers in school,” ex­plains Ven­di­ola.

For Es­mer­aldo Han­ito of the Univer­sity of South­ern Mindanao, the train­ing made

Prof. An­gelito Aballe (cen­ter) dis­cusses the cor­rect har­vest­ing of rub­ber la­tex. Tap­pers make a cut in the trunk to col­lect the sap (called la­tex) and let the tree live on.

The qual­ity and speed in tap­ping are eval­u­ated dur­ing the train­ing.

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