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DA-BSWM Establishes New Trichoderma Laboratory in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental; Two-Day Training Follows

By Engr. Bony P. Dela Cruz
October 10, 2012

(Top-Left) Awarding/Turn-Over of Certificate to the LGU of Banaybanay; (Top-Upper-Right) Mayor Pedro Mejos as he delivers his acceptance message ; (Top-Lower-Right) PA Reymundo Curammeng in his closing remarks; (Middle) The audience during the turn-over ceremony; (Bottom-Left) Ribbon Cutting at the Tricho Lab; (Bottom-Right) The Inoculating Room.
The Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) together with the Department Agriculture – Regional Field Unit 11 (DA-RFU 11) and the Banaybanay Local Government Unit have inaugurated the newly constructed Trichoderma Laboratory (Tricho Lab) last October 8, 2012.

The event started with the blessing and cutting of the ribbon of the Tricho Lab followed by the turn-over ceremony held at the Banaybanay Gymnasium. It highlighted the turn-over of EMRC fund support amounting to P4,947,000.00.

The establishment of Tricho Lab in Banaybanay does not only mean a new building but also marks the expansion of the production of Trichoderma and its use particularly to the farmer beneficiaries of EMRC project. It is intended not only to the farmers of Banaybanay but to the whole Province of Davao Oriental. As one of the municipalities with the largest EMRC production areas in Region XI, Banaybanay requires 8,000 packets of Trichoderma for the 400 hectare coverage slot on EMRC by next cropping season of CY 2012. Hence, this will be a great help to the farmer-beneficiaries for they can now avail Trichoderma within their Municipality.

During the turn-over ceremony, Mayor Atty. Pedro T. Mejos expressed his heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the BSWM for putting up the Tricho Laboratory and EMRC projects in his Municipality. He assured that the Local Government Unit of Banaybanay will extend a helping hand with their collaborating agencies in order to achieve the goals and objectives of their Tricho Lab and EMRC Project. On the other hand, Engr. Bony P. Dela Cruz, the SWAC for Region XI, stressed the vision and importance of the EMRC Program and urged recipients to commit themselves in these endeavors to ensure its successful implementation.

Other guests who graced the said occasion were Provincial Agriculturist Reynaldo L. Curammeng; DA-RFU XI EMRC/ OFPP Focal Person, Ms. Evelyn Malubay; and representatives from the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and Office of the Governor.

The Banaybanay Tricho Lab is the first Tricho Lab in the Province of Davao Oriental and fifth in the Region XI. It is located in Barangay San Vicente and will be headed by its Municipal Agriculturist Esther M. Solamo and Mr. Antolin Porlares as the Officer-In-Charge in mass production of Trichoderma harzianum for rapid composting of agricultural wastes and quick production of organic fertilizer.

Hands-on Training

To ensure smooth operation and management of the newly established Trichoderma Production Laboratory, a two-day hands-on training was conducted after the inauguration.

The hands-on training aimed to equip participants with the basic knowledge, attitude and skills for the production, handling and proper use of Trichoderma harzianum. It also provided the participants with basic information on proper utilization and maintenance of laboratory equipment, different supplies and materials, and helped them prepare an action plan for enhancing their operations and production.

Ms. Aurora M. Manalang, Resource Speaker/Trainor from the Laboratory Services Division spearheaded the training together with Ms. Josephine Nana and Reycel Dequilla.

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