DA-BAR clarifies guidelines, targets as 3 new OA projects begin

To kickoff the implementation of three newly funded projects aimed at improving various organic production systems, DA-BAR conducted a series of inception meetings with project implementers from University of Southern Mindanao (USM), DA-Bicol Region, and DA-Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).

BAR-Program Development Division (PDD) assistant head Kris Thea Marie B. Hernandez together with Program Monitoring, Evaluation, and Linkaging Division (PMELD) technical staff Juan Nikolas A. Paller met with USM project leader Leandreux D. Ocasion on 13 July 2023 in Kabacan, Cotabato. Timeline of deliverables, documentary requirements, among other implementation guidelines, were discussed for the project Indigenous Phosphorus and Potassium Solubilizing Microorganisms as Potential Enhancer of Phosphorus and Potassium Uptake of Corn.

In collaboration with Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology, the said project will identify P- and K-solubilizing microorganisms that could potentially lead to the development of a promising biofertilizer that could reduce  farmers’ production cost as well as the detrimental impact from inefficient use of P-containing fertilizers to the environment.

Meanwhile, an inception meeting for the project Validation of Pelletized Alternative Low-cost Grower Feed Ration using Jute Leaf Meal for Camarines Strain Native Chicken was held on 18 July 2023 virtually. Hernandez together with Maylen Cunanan of PDD and Marc Lawrence Francisco of PMELD discussed  implementation guidelines with project leader Arlene T. San Buenaventura of DA-Bicol Region.

The project aims to validate the effect of pelletized alternative feed ration (AFR)  with 48% jute leaf meal on the growth performance, carcass quality, and sensory characteristics of Camarines Strain native chickens grown in selected farms. Through the inclusion of the AFR in the feed management, the project hopes to lower feed costs, likewise producing native chickens that are healthy for the consumers.

In another inception meeting held on 21 July, DA-BAI-Livestock Research and Development Division head and project leader Dr. Marivic M. de Vera emphasized the need for upgraded facilities in promoting a standards-compliant organic production of native swine. Through the project, two existing facilities of BAI-National Swine and Poultry Research and Development Center in Quezon shall be upgraded into an organic production facility and demo area in promoting organic swine production. 

Engrs. John Arvin N. Dela Cruz and Kenny Bryalle B. Mendez, and other DA-BAR technical staff attended said meeting. (###Angelo Padura)