Here’s a boost to corn seed production and research.
The Department of Agriculture in Region XI (DA-XI) is constructing a P2.7 million worth corn seed storage facility in Davao Regional Upland Agriculture Research Station (DARUARS) in Marilog District, Davao City.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is now focusing on improving the quality of coffee in Davao Region.
For coffee production areas, a total of 2,300 hectares is in Davao region and about 1,000 hectares is targeted for expansion.
“The demand for coffee is increasing by 2.4 percent every year and is expected to rise in the coming years. More and more people drink coffee every day and an increasing consumption among younger generation,” said Melani Provido, DA-XI-High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) coordinator.
To further understand the risk factors for pest outbreaks particularly on rice, the Department of Agriculture in Region XI (DA-XI) strengthened its capacities through Pest Risk Identification and Management (PRIME) training.
Ulysses Duque, Agriculturist II of Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) Crop Pest Management Division said advance monitoring and surveillance on rice field can prevent pest outbreak.
Farmers in the region can now look forward to a more responsive and relevant researches. This came after the Department of Agriculture in Region XI (DA-XI) recently launched four research and development (R&D) facilities in its research stations across the region.