The two-day training made the participants identify the different pests and diseases problems of cassava, as well as gain knowledge on the major pests and diseases that threatens the cassava industry.

Recent updates on management, control of pests and diseases, and understand the protocols in the establishment cassava nurseries for the production of quality planting materials were also tackled.

Dr. Erlinda A. Vasquez of PhilRootCrops emphasized that it is important not to source out infected/infested planting materials. She also added that Cassava Pests & Diseases Management is essential for it can create a great impact on its overall production.

“If we continue to plant infected planting materials, there would be more production losses,” Vasquez stressed.

She added that among the six antibodies screened for pre-planting treatment, streptomycin turned out to be most effective.

The last part of the training enabled the participants to a field visit wherein they had the chance to examine the pests & diseases of a cassava plant.

Cassava is said to be the fastest emerging industries and those assemblers and farmers whose interest in cassava might just bring them more opportunities in the near future.

The attendees consist of cassava stakeholders, farmers and assemblers, counterparts from the Provincial/City Local Government Units, Provincial/City Cassava Focal Person, Provincial/City Corn Report Officers and Provincial/City Corn Component Coordinators. (Aggie Media Service)

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