SAMAL, Bataan – Mango farms in the province participating in the Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) project have increased production by more than five times.
“Before, I was harvesting 2 tons in my farm, now this season under the BPSU project, I am expecting to harvest 10 tons”, said farmer Raul Dela Rosa during the recent Farmers’ Field Day and Harvest Festival in his farm in Sitio Adamson, Barangay Gugo, this town.
“Thank you very much to BPSU and CHED for this project”, the farmer uttered.
“I was quite hesitant at first to join the project, but now I can say I am glad I did”, said another farmer Dinalupihan Vice Mayor Dr. Renato Matawaran during an earlier conduct of the field day in his farm in Barangay Pagalanggang, Dinalupihan.
Farmers Manuel Joves in Orani and Cezar Banzon in Orion are also thankful to the University for the good production of their mango orchards under the project.
“Mango farmers must apply the technologies being taught by BPSU”, Dela Rosa said.
Science-based techniques include pruning, farm cleaning, application of fertilizers and pesticides, bagging and hot water treatment, among others. These are part of the integrated crop management and post-harvest management for mango.
“Adopting science and technology, there is money in mango farming”, said BPSU Research Development Director and Project Leader Dr. Hermogenes Paguia.
Twenty four farms in the province and 10 farms in Palauig, Zambales are participating in the project, “Sustainable Mango Production through Science and Technology Innovations and Support Mechanisms for Capacity Development in Central Luzon” funded by CHED Discovery-Applied Research and Extension for Trans/Inter-disciplinary Opportunities (DARE TO) Research Grant.