Kalinga revives citrus industry

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Aug. 7 (PIA) - - Once the top-producer of sweet oranges in the region, the province takes a step in a bid to revive its dwindling citrus industry.

 

The Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI)-Cordillera recently conducted two-day training on asexual and sexual propagation on citrus to 20 citrus farmers here.

Rogelio Custodio of BPI-CAR said farmers were given Package of Technology (POT) training in propagating citrus through budding and grafting techniques because it is more effective than the traditional method of seed propagation.

Through budding and grafting, joining vascular tissues between the scion and rootstock plants produces more genetically similar plants that hasten fruit production.

participants were given 4,000 root stocks and 5,000 pieces of certified bud eye or scion as propagation materials plus two bags fertilizer. The training sponsors also provided pruning gears.

The activity is supported under the province’s High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) of the Office of Provincial Agriculturist.

The program partners with farmer’s organizations towards the high scale production of high value crops.

Custodio urged the trainees to apply the new technology in their areas and work to help revive Kalinga’s sweet orange industry. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)

 

EL Kikasa

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