BPSU launches 2nd of BPSU-CHED sustainable mango production project

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  • Butch G.
  • 4 years ago

BALANGA CITY, Bataan—The Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) launched the 2nd phase of sustainable mango production project in Central Luzon here on Friday.
Twenty eight new mango farmers from Bataan including representatives of Zoocobia for its CSR mango farming project in Mabalacat, Pampanga signed memorandum of agreement to become cooperators of the project.
The project is funded under CHED DARE TO Research Grant.
The first phase of the project involves 24 mango farmers in Bataan and 10 from Palauig, Zambales, which has implementation duration from 2016 to 2018. They will still be part of the second phase of the project, said BPSU Acting Vice President for Research, Extension, and Training Services and Project Leader Dr. Hermogenes Paguia.
“The project explores the potentials of cooperators’ existing mango trees as a viable economic activity by following science and technology interventions and proper management”, he said.
“Farmer-cooperators are undergoing series of trainings and seminars on technology transfer and technical management to further develop their capability”, he also said.
“They actually implement on site science and technology interventions like pest control, pruning, fruit bagging, and hot water treatment, among others, assisted and monitored by project members”, he also said.
“With the project, BPSU is pushing for the revival of mango industry in the province”, Paguia pointed out.
“The yield of farmers participating in the first phase project increased considerably. Adopting science and technology, there is money in mango farming”, he added.
For probably decades already, mango farmers in the province are not earning. They resorted to leasing their mango orchard to contractors, replacing mango with other fruits, converting the mango farm to other use, or worse selling the property.
Getting assistance through the project, 13 mango orchards included in the first phase have now Good Agricultural Practices certification from the Department of Agriculture.
The Bataan Federation of Mango Farmers, Processors, and Exporters Associations has also been formed to help industry players in the province.

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