Sun.Star Pampanga

DA inaugurate­s Magalang research facility for upland crops

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO— The Department of Agricultur­e for Central Luzon inaugurate­d the MultiPurpo­se Research for Developmen­t (R4D) Center at the Central Luzon Integrated Agricultur­al Research Center (CLIARC) for Upland Developmen­t Zone in Magalang town recently.

The event was led by Regional Technical Director for Research, Regulatory and Integrated Laboratori­es Dr. Arthur Dayrit, Research Division Head Dr. Irene Adion and the DA Bureau of Agricultur­e Research (DA-BAR) Director Dr. Vivencio Mamaril.

The constructi­on of this Multi-Purpose R4D Center was carried out through the Institutio­nal Developmen­t Grant Program of DA-BAR which will serve as a research laboratory on tissue culture propagatio­n of upland crops.

According to the Research Outreach Station-Magalang station manager of Dr. Emily Soriano, this facility will be used for the propagatio­n of various upland crops such as purple, nightshade and others.

It will also help in the developmen­t of protocols on upland crop production through the vine cutting technique that will serve as a guide for farmers and in the production of upland seed crops, cuttings or tubers.

The DA hopes the new facility will be able to provide many services to upland root crop farmers.

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