Recoter said that of the P1.4 billion budget of DA 11 for 2015, High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) wherein Fusariumwilt management is included got the highest allocation with P250.7 million.

MelaniProvido, HVCDP coordinator said that the program for Fusariumwilt management is the revitalization of initiatives done in the previous years.

“In 2013, we are given P20 million for this project and just this year they added more fund to Fusarium which increased  the over-all budget for HVCDP climb to 300 percent,” Provido said.

In 2014, HVCDP budget is P77.8 million and Fusarium wilt management is not included. 

She added that due to the demand for appropriate interventions on such disease control and management, regulatory measures, and information dissemination, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala prioritized the program to eradicate if not minimized the spread of the disease.

Provido added that the areas identified to be severely damaged by Fusarium were Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley Province and Davao del Sur but stressed that with immediate interventions disease can be managed.

“There were only few cases in Davao City and in Davao Oriental but rest assured that they will be given a budget for Fusariumwilt eradication,” she said.

The Fusariumwilt Management is composed of five components namely; production support, eradication, trichoderma distribution, information campaign and training.(ChePalicte-DA 11         )

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