The BPSU and Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) had implemented Science and Technology Community-Based Farming (STCBF) on mango production in Bataan involving 15 farmer-cooperators from Balanga and Abucay towns in 2013 to 2015.
Dr. Hermogenes Paguia, BPSU OIC Vice President for Research, Extension, and Training Services and project leader said science and technology interventions were performed by cooperators in their respective mango farms as part of the project for two consecutive years.
The farmer-cooperators underwent series of trainings and seminars on technology transfer and technical management to further develop their capability.
Paguia added that the project is being sustained by the Bataan Mango Growers Association’s 35 members from Balanga and Abucay towns who contributed a capital share of P20 thousand each for flower induction of mango orchards. The 15 farmer-cooperators of the project are members of the association.
He also said the association will perform mango spraying as a form of extension service and income generation. The association will also provide other services such as pruning and bagging of fruits.
Paguia said mango growers will undergo continuous capability building to enhance their skills for improved mango production to be conducted by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Office of the Municipal Agriculturist, and City Agriculture Office.
He said they want to have mango buying station and packing house by consolidators with hot treatment facility. He said the support of local government units (LGU) and Department of Agriculture is vital to this plan.
A project proposal is being prepared to seek Commission on Higher Education and Department of Science and Technology funding support, which if approved would cover five mango growing LGUs.