Inauguration of OA R&D Center & Groundbreaking of PGR Center





A back-to-back ceremony, including the inauguration of the Organic Agriculture Research and Development Center and the groundbreaking of the Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) Center of the Palawan Agricultural Center (PAC), was held on 27 April 2018 in Irawan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

Representing BAR Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar was Ms. Digna L. Sandoval, head of the BAR-Institutional Development Division. Also present in the event were DA-MIMAROPA officials headed by Dr. Louella Rowena D. Lorenzana, regional technical director for research and regulations; Ms. Marissa R. Luna, research manager; and Ms. Milagros S. Cacal, agricultural center chief.

Funded by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), through the Institutional Development Grant (IDG), the Organic Agriculture R&D Center in MIMAROPA region was established to for the generation, development, promotion, and commercialization of viable organic farming technologies and products.

The PAC organic vegetable breeding and seed production station is certified by the Negros Island Certification Services (NICERT). According to RTD Lorenzana, during their initial dialogue with their target market, the chefs of the high-end hotels in El Nido, agreed to provide the hotels with organic fruits and vegetables from the station.

Meanwhile, the PGR Center will be established to cater the needs of the institution’s R&D program in terms of maintaining the germplasm of different crops for conservation, regeneration and utilization as well as distribution to partner institutions for their breeding endeavor. ###

The Organic Agriculture Research and Development Center in MIMAROPA Region is located at the Palawan Agricultural Center in Irawan, Puerto Princesa City.

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