CARRAGEENAN PGP FOR BETTER RICE YIELD IN DAVAO REGION
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.