DA-BAR To Bare Program At Agrilink 2017

Cavendish banana infected with Fusarium Wilt virus.
A healthy young Giant Cavendish Tissue Culture Variant not affected by the Fusarium Wilt disease.

The Bureau of Agricultural Research of the Department of Agriculture will showcase its research activities and development programs for the country’s various agricultural sectors during the Agrilink trade show on October 5-7 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Maybe, not many agri-people are aware of it but the agency headed by Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar, is overseeing and funding some of the most important research programs in agriculture, fisheries and natural resources.

According to Eleazar, many of the of the projects align with the need to develop crops that can withstand the logistical and phytosanitary requirements as the country moves towards promoting Philippine agricultural products in the wider global market. With the technology that will help nurture these crops, the Philippines will be in a better position to address the problems of seasonal supply of farm produce and climate change.

A beautiful bunch of GCTICV which now well accepted by foreign buyers. It is sweeter than the ordinary Cavendish which is rather bland in taste.
The Cavendish banana industry brings in billions of pesos in export earnings each year.

RESISTANT CAVENDISH VARIANT – One of the big projects that has been undertaken by DA-BAR is an initiative to produce for eventual commercial planting of a Giant Cavendish Tissue Culture Variant (GCTCV) 219 by small scale farmers as well as big plantation owners. This is a Cavendish variant from Taiwan that has been proven through field research in banana growing areas in Mindanao that it is resistant to the devastating Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race 4 of Cavendish bananas. This particular race had devastated the banana industry in Taiwan.

Research continues with the collaboration of Bioversity International represented in the Philippines by Dr. Agustin Molina, a Filipino scientist who has a long track record working in the banana industry worldwide.

This discovery of the resistance of GCTCV to the Fusarium Wilt disease in the Philippines has a far-ranging significance to the Philippine banana industry which brings in billions of pesos in export earnings every year.
Research on other promising GCTCVs is also being undertaken with millions of pesos in funding. The research program covers not only the commercial production of disease-free planting materials. The researchers are also working on the development of biological control strategies. Another component of the research is the assessment and distribution of Fusarium Wilt incidence.

Eleazar revealed that another project being implemented by the UP Los Baños involves field trial evaluation and technology piloting of new papaya F1 hybrids that are tolerant to papaya ringspot virus which is considered as one of the biggest constraints in papaya production in the country.

Papaya ringspot virus is one of the problems being addressed by researchers supported by DA-BAR.

DA-BAR has also provided support for the development of different postharvest equipment. These include, among others, the cassava belt dryer of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) that was designed to contribute to the increase in cassava production and improve its output recovery.

PhilMech and BAR have also embarked on the development of postproduction systems that will produce dry, clean, and sorted soybeans; including processing systems for different levels of processing operations for soybean and soymilk-based products. DA-BAR has also supported Cavite State University’s creation of a practical microcontroller-based coffee roasting machine; and Cagayan Valley’s adlay milling machine.We can’t mention here all the various research projects being supported by DA-BAR. That’s why you should attend the trade show on October 5-7, 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Korean farm machinery and equipment will be showcased by the Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (KAMICO) which has booked a big pavilion for the display of Branson Tractors, direct seeder for rice, rice transplanter and others. Photo shows Asec Arnel De Mesa of the DA and Philip Kim who represents KAMICO in the Philippines.
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