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BPI-Davao Conducts Hands-on Training on

Mushroom Cultivation 


The Bureau of Plant Industry – Davao National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center (BPI-DNCRDPSC) conducted a two-day hands-on training on mushroom culture and cultivation on April 21-22, 2016. The training was conducted to capacitate and equip mushroom enthusiasts on the culture and cultivation technologies of  different species of mushroom.

Ms. Arceli G. Yebes and Ms. Ma. Adelfa N. Lobres, Research Coordinator and In-charge of DNCRDPSC’s Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, respectively, facilitated and managed the two-day activity.  They demonstrated to the participants the step-by-step process in mushroom culture such as preparation of potato dextrose agar, grain spawn and substrates for different species of mushroom and the techniques on how to care and maintain mushroom cultures and culture beds. On the second day,  each participant did a hands-on practice.

After the 2 days training, the 12 participants who were mushroom enthusiasts and growers in Davao City were able to prepare their culture media, grain spawn  and fruiting bag substrates. BPI Davao Conducts Hands on Training

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The Bureau of Plant Industry – Davao National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center (BPI-DNCRDPSC) conducted an “Orientation-seminar on Good Agricultural Practices”  participated by a total of 70 BPI-DNCRDPSC staffs and On-the-Job-Training students.  The said activity was held at the Farmers’ Pavilion on the 29th day of March 2016.  The seminar aimed to educate BPI-DNCRDPSC employees especially those who are working in the field on the concept and importance of the Philippine Good Agricultural Practices or PhilGAP as BPI-DNCRDPSC is on preparation for GAP certification.

The activity started with Mr. Virgilio Loquias (Supervising Agriculturist) giving a little overview about GAP and emphasized to his co-workers the importance of GAP in relation to food safety which is very beneficial to  man’s health.  Ms. Arceli G. Yebes and Mr. Cyril B. Montiel who were lately trained as GAP inspectors gave lectures on what is PhilGAP all about, food safety and the rule of selected BPI staffs as GAP inspectors.

BPI DNCRDPSC Conducted an Orientation Seminar on

Training-Seminar on Major Diseases of Banana and their Management

with Focus on Fusarium Wilt Held at BPI-DNCRDPSC

The  Bureau of Plant Industry – Davao National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center (BPI-DNCRDPSC) conducted a “Training-Seminar on Major Banana Diseases with Focus on Fusarium Wilt” last  February 23, 2016 at the BPI-DNCRDPSC Farmers’ Pavilion, Bago Oshiro, Davao City.  The training was   aimed to equip banana farmers with adequate knowledge on Fusarium wilt disease and other major important diseases of banana and their management. 

The nature and importance of Fusarium wilt (Foc) disease, its distribution, impacts and management as well as the concepts and methods of biological control and the modes of action of selected microbial agents were discussed.  The project leader of the DOST-PCAARRD funded project “Development of Biological Control Agents against Foc TR4”, Dr. Belly Dionio presented  results on the efficiency of potential microbnial agents against Foc TR4.  Actual demonstration on the  preparation, mass production and application of the microbial agents was done.

Other important diseases of banana such as viruses, bacteria and other fungal diseases and their management were also discussed.  BPI-DNCRDPSC Center Chief, Dr. Lorna E. Herradura presented the importance and the requirements for accreditation of tissue culture laboratories to ensure production and distribution of high quality and disease-free banana planting materials.

The training was attended by a total of 50 participants comprised of banana growers, nursery owners, agricultural technicians, banana tissue culture laboratory owners and municipal agriculturist from the local government units in Davao Region.  BPI-DNCRDPSC held this training in collaboration with the University of Southeastern Philippines and funding support from the two DOST-PCAARRD funded projects “Development of Biological Control Agents against Foc” lead by Dr. Belly Dionio of USeP and Ms. Arceli G. Yebes of BPI-DNCRDPSC as one of the project staffs  and “Multi-location Performance Evaluation of a New Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) Resistant Cultivar” lead by Dr. Lorna e. Herradura (BPI-DNCRDPSC Center Chief).



 The BPI-Guimaras National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center (GNCRDPSC) conducted a one-day seminar on Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (RA 6713) and Herbal Medicine Utilization on November 19, 2015.  The seminar aimed to educate the newly appointed employees of the Center on their roles and responsibilities as public servants.  It also wanted to encourage and promote the utilization herbs and other plants with medicinal use.

               Mr. Mark Alfred N. Soriano of Civil Service Commission, Regional Office 6 conducted the lecture on RA 6713.  He emphasized the eight norms of conduct for public employees to be good professionals and to uphold the time-honored principle of public office being a public trust.  These norms include commitment to public interest, professionalism, justness and sincerity, political neutrality, responsiveness to the public, nationalism and patriotism, commitment to democracy and simple living.  An open forum was also conducted to address the queries of employees and clarify some matters relating to their privileges, rights and additional designation.

               Moreover, lecture on herbal plants and its utilization was conducted by Engr. Lemie S. Leonida, President of Lambunao, Iloilo Organic Vegetable Growers Association (LOVEGA). She presented and discussed the different herbs and their usefulness.  She also demonstrated how to prepare herbal medicines like ointment and liniment.  Being an organic advocate and herbalist, she encourages the staff to make use of the available herbs for food, medicine and cosmetic usage for its not only healthy but is also cheap and safe.

                 The activity was facilitated by the Center’s GAD Focal Person as part of the Gender and Development Program of the Center.


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