The Regulatory Division of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office MiMaRoPa conducted the Training on Cashew Production and Management with emphasis on NSIC variety registration, nursery accreditation & plant material certification at Skylight Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan last April 24-26, 2018.
The training was participated by the plant nursery owners, Local Government Units, and stakeholders of cashew.
The main objective of the training is to train the participants and encourage them to establish plant nursery for accreditation, plant material certification, and NSIC registration of potential cashew varieties.
The purpose of the certification is to maintain and make available high quality seeds of superior crop varieties of known genetic and varietal purity including reasonable standards of quality considered for crop propagated and distributed.Varieties for certification must be duly registered and released by Philippine Seed Board/National Seed Industry Council (PSB/NSIC).
Danilo T. Dannug, Supervising Agriculturist of Bureau of Plant Industry discusses the process flow of Plant Material Certification to the participants.
The participants were trained and encouraged to apply for Plant nursery Accreditation and Plant Materials Certification.
Asther V. Paglinawan, Senior Agriculturist of Bureau of Plant Industry emphasizeds on the the process flow on Plant Nursery Accreditation during her discussion.. The objective is to ensure the production and distribution of quality plant materials of recommended crop varieties / species that are true to type and resistant from pests and diseases.
The advantages of Accredited Plant Nursery are (1) Entitled for identified scion/plant propagules from the government registered scion groves (2) Access to technical assistance and supervision (3) Create network in selling their produce, and (4) Access to government program in terms of marketing.
One of the highlights of the activity is the nursery field tour in Palawan Agricultural Center (PAC) in Brgy. Irawan wherein the propagated cashew seedlings were showcased.
All planting materials that meet the standards for plant material certification shall be officially tagged by “identifying the variety, NSIC registered code, year registered, and NSQCS code number.”
Efren G. Viterbo,plant nursery evaluator of DA-PRES, discusses the management and propagation techniques.
“I encourage all the plant nursery owners and growers na ipa-certify niyo ang inyong mga nursery and variety of plants upang mas tumaas ang inyong kita.” Dr. Louella Rowena J. Lorenzana, RTD for Research & Regulations