Researchers present studies on agri sector revitalization
Local agricultural researchers presented their outputs during the 29th Regional Symposium on Research and Development Highlights held at Bulwagan ng Lalawigan, Mankilam, Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) reported.
The symposium held last August 22, organized by the Southern Mindanao Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium (SMAARRDEC), focused on studies that aims to revitalize the agricultural sector in the Philippines, generate employment, address hunger issues and reduce poverty level in the region.
“Yung hunger, local employment and poverty are still the main issues that need to be addressed . . . it’s a continuing challenge for us to develop our agricultural center and this is our goal as researchers and extension workers,” said Dr. Lourdes Generalao in the report, Vice-chairperson of SMAARRDEC and President of University of Southeastern Philippines.
PIA said studies that were presented in the event include “Resistance & Susceptibility of Selected Banana Cultivars to Fusarium Oxysporum,” “S & T Management Approaches against Fusarium Wilt on Cavendish in Mindanao”, “ Assessment on the Adoption of the Approaches for the Management of Fusarium Wilt on Cavendish Banana on Davao del Norte”, “Enhancing the Attraction of Oriental Fruit Flies to Methyl Eugenol Using Plastic Bottle Colored Traps in Pomelo Orchard,” “Revitalization the Abaca Industry through S & T Interventions for Higher Crop Productivity Using High Yielding and Bunchy Top Resistant Abaca Hybrids,” “GIS for Upscaling the Seaweed Industry Operation in Davao Region and Tawi-tawi Province,” “Development of anti-dengue and antimicrobial compounds from Tawa-tawa,” “Taklobo Tours: Giant Clam Monitoring” and “Increasing Productivity of Durian through Flower and Fruit Thinning.”