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The updated manual for Soil, Water, Plant Tissue and Fertilizer Analysis finally launched on June 5, 2014 during the BSWM 63rd Anniversary

By Edna Lynn Floresca – June 09, 2014



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To facilitate activities in analytical works and fertilizer recommendation, the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) has formally launched the BSWM Upgraded Laboratory Manual, during the BSWM 63rd Anniversary Celebration at BSWM Convention Hall on June 5, 2014.

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The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the formal launching was led by DA Representative, Asec. Allan Q. Umali, Assistant Secretary for Administration, Director Silvino Q. Tejada and OIC-Assistant Director Gina P. Nilo.

Secretary Proceso J. Alcala issued a Memorandum Circular No. 04 dated May 29, 2014 and Memorandum dated June 3, 2014 to all DA Regional Executive Directors, Regional Secretary of DAF-ARMM and BSWM Director, to implement and adopt the Updated Manual for Soil, Water, Plant Tissue, and Fertilizer Analysis.

In the written message of Secretary Alcala to BSWM, through Asec. Umali stated that the launching of the said manual in time with the BSWM 63rd Anniversary underscores the importance of the updated manual to the overall mandate of BSWM to ensure the most efficient assessment and utilization of the soil and water resources for agriculture and fisheries.

Guide to Fertilizer Recommendation for Rice and Corn was also launched. The Guide to Fertilizer Recommendation for Rice and Corn provides farmers and other stakeholders a tool in making decisions as to what type and amount of fertilizer and mode of application are needed for rice and corn production; The guide also provides options on the choice and combination of fertilizers according to local situations such as the availability and cost of fertilizers, and farmer’s preference are considered.

The launching of the Continuing Program for the Upgrading of Soils Laboratories was also highlighted. The BSWM appreciated the contribution from various projects of the bureau (PhilCCAP, OFPP, ACIAR, NOAP and ICRISAT) in the continuing program for the upgrading of soils laboratories.

With these efforts and initiatives, BSWM contributes towards increased agricultural productivity and in ensuring sustainability of soil and water resources.

With these efforts and initiatives, BSWM contributes towards increased agricultural productivity and in ensuring sustainability of soil and water resources.





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