ABUCAY, Bataan—The Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) is implementing a science and technology intervention project on commercial mango growing.
Dr. Oscar S. Opina, former UP Los Banos professor and pest management expert, as part of the project, led the demonstration on Monday the mango bagging technique among mango cooperators from Balanga city and this town in a farm here.
Dr. Hermogenes Pagiua, BPSU Abucay campus chairman of extension services and project team leader, said 15 mango cooperators are participating in the project.
The participating cooperators who are mango farm owners came from Balanga City, Orani, Samal, and this town.
Dr. Elda Esguerra, UP Los Banos professor and mango post-harvest management expert, also joined on Monday the project team on the demonstration of mango bagging.
Paguia said the UP professor will be teaching hot water treatment to mango cooperators.
Opina said mango bagging technique improves the quality of the fruit.
He said good quality mango demands high price especially in export market.
Paguia said the project started last year. He said mango cooperators have already been imparted nutrients management and integrated pest management.
He said participating mango cooperators have also undergone several capability building seminars.
Paguia said that the project aims to showcase the effectiveness of science and technology intervention in mango growing.
The project is funded by Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCCARRD) of the Department of Science and Technology.