PhilRice Agusan walks down memory lane
The Philippine Rice Research Institute reflects on the achievement of its Agusan Branch which includes its massive research on high quality seeds and pest and nutrient management.
The research institute’s branch in Agusan del Norte, a 37-hectare station, has been catering to the needs of Northern Mindanao, Davao and CARAGA regions while serving farmers from 14 provinces since its establishment in 1990.
In a statement, Branch Director Abner T. Montecalvo said the multiple best station awardee was built through the bayanihansystem with the PhilRice Agusan’s staff as one of its best assets.
Research done by members of the station has also made significant impacts on boosting the number of seed growers and farmers’ yield while also encouraging more to adopt improved technologies.
Its work on Metarhizium anisopliae, a biocontrol agent that attacks rice black bug, and zinc deficiency is touted one of the station’s major contributions to rice research in the Philippines.