Ilocos Norte okays tissue-cultured garlic
The provincial government of Ilocos Norte is now supporting the production of tissue-cultured garlic in a bid to improve the quality and yield of this local crop.
Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos gave the nod for the use of tissue culture techniques for producing virus-free garlic, according to a report by the Manila Bulletin.
The tissue culture technique is a process that allows agriculturists to replicate one plant with desired characteristics into thousands of identical crops.
The process involves transferring fragments of plant tissue to an artificial environment in which they are exposed to a specific regimen of nutrients and hormones as they grow, thereby allowing them to multiply.
The result is a higher yield of more fruitful plants with a higher survival rate.
Imelda Adalem of the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) also expressed her gratitude not only to Marcos for spearheading the usage of this technique, but also to a group of scientists from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) consisting of Professor Lilian F. Pateña, Dr. Raol P. Pamiloza, and National Scientist Dr. RC Barba, who aided in planting and monitoring the crop.
The tissue-cultured technique were tested in three farms each from the towns of Burgos and Pasuquin and the city of Batac. Local garlic farmers here received assistance in applying the technique.
But it is in Burgos, Adalem said that the tissue-cultured garlic planted showed promising results. ( By: Ched Romulo)