DNA fingerprinting to raise rubber production by 60 percent
Rubber production is expected to rise by 60 percent by 2020, mostly due to DNA fingerprinting that would be implemented in plantations in Mindanao.
The DNA fingerprinting, which was developed by the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) and funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD),
USM researchers were quoted by Malaya Business Insight as saying that DNA fingerprinting would boost the production of dry rubber from 1.28 metric tons to 1.92 metric tons in four years while increasing farmers’ income by 40 percent.
Rubber latex production remains low due to low quality seedlings and senile rubber trees.