DA-10 inaugurates the P4.93-M Admin and BioCon Lab Building in RCPC, Bangcud, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on February 14. This is to increase the production of BioCon agents for distribution to farmers.
BANGCUD, MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON – The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 10 eyed an increased production of biological control (biocon) agents for distribution to farmers, with its newly inaugurated Administrative and Biological Control Laboratory Building in the Regional Crops Protection Center (RCPC) on February 14, 2022, in this city.
RCPC Chief, Luz I. Guzman, PhD emphasized that said building supports the center’s production of biological agents that will be used in the management and prevention of plant pests and diseases.
“This is one of the components of the Integrated Pest Management, that will reduce the production cost of farmers by regulating the use of synthetic pesticides. The biocon agents will not only preserve the helpful and friendly insects but will also regenerate soil fertility that will eventually, help attain food security and sufficiency of the country,” Guzman added.
DA-10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado congratulated RCPC for bracing with the challenges from the preparation of the documentary requirements until the P4.93 million project was completed.
“The project is expected to help the farmers, and I hope that this will become instrumental in ensuring quality services to our farmers and stakeholders in the region,” Collado said.
Meanwhile, DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations, Carlota S. Madriaga encouraged the staff and employees of the center, to maximize the use of the laboratory that would enable them to respond immediately to the needs of farmers, especially during pests and diseases outbreak.
“With this facility, you are expected to level up your accomplishment, strengthen your capacity on the production side and control the spread of pests and diseases, to serve more farmers,” Madriaga said.
For the availment of said biocon agents, interested farmers may request at the agriculture’s office in their respective area, for them to be endorsed by the local government unit to DA-RCPC. # (MGBS)