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Aim­ing im­prove­ment in rice pro­duc­tion in Davao Re­gion, a Carrageenan PGP Project Work­shop was con­ducted last Septem­ber 05, 2018. Or­ga­nized by DOST XI, the work­shop was at­tended by Pro­vin­cial Agri­cul­ture Of­fi­cers (PAOs) in Davao Re­gion and project rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA), with the Na­tional Crop Pro­tec­tion Cen­ter of the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines – Los Baños (NCPC-UPLB).

The plant growth pro­moter was de­vel­oped by Dr. Lu­cille V. Abad of Philip­pine Nu­clear Re­search In­sti­tute (PNRI) in co­op­er­a­tion with NCPC-UPLB and the Philip­pine Rice Re­search In­sti­tute (PhilRice). For­mu­lated from ra­di­a­tion-pro­cessed carrageenan—an ex­tract from sea­weed pro­cessed into pow­der, the PGP can help strengthen rice plants against pests and dis­eases. More­over, it will help grow health­ier crops com­pared from crops ap­plied with com­mer­cial fer­til­iz­ers. By 2020, the Carrageenan PGP Project aims to in­crease rice pro­duc­tiv­ity by 34% from 4.02–5.40 tons/hectare.

Multi-lo­ca­tion tri­als all over the coun­try will be con­ducted un­til 2019. 22,500 PGP bot­tles will be dis­trib­uted to 2,500 farm­ers for test­ing in iden­ti­fied sites in Davao Re­gion.

The Carrageenan PGP project is funded by the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and the Philip­pine Coun­cil for Agri­cul­ture, Aquatic and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Re­search and De­vel­op­ment (PCAARD) of DOST. The R&D Pro­gram on Carrageenan is one of the pro­grams un­der the In­dus­try Strate­gic S&T Plan (ISP) for rice. /

Through dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ment re­search agen­cies and academe, a Carrageenan PGP was for­mu­lated to help with the im­proved rice yield in the re­gion.

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