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NV citrus growers join DA’s pesticide strategy pilot test

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (PIA) - - At least 13 citrus growers in Malabing Valley Kasibu have joined the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Balanced Fertilization and Pesticide Use Strategy (BFPUS).

DA Cagayan Valley Research Division Chief Lovelyn  Gaspar said the BFPUS pilot testing aims to rejuvenate unproductive citrus orchards in order to increase yield and address the infestation/infection of insect pests and diseases that affect production.

She said the technologies to be used for the balanced fertilizer use will be  Chicken Dung,  controlled release fertilizer, foliar fertilizer, Agricultural Lime for acidic areas, Soil Drenching, and Mykovam.

The balanced pesticide use will also involve technologies such as  Need-based application of Organic fungicide, insecticide, and bactericide, Pheromone, Need-based application of Synthetic insecticide, Application of Bordeux mixture to disease infected trunks/trees, drenching Trichoderma spp, and application of Entomopathogenic Fungi.

“We need the cooperation of citrus growers for this pilot testing. All the technologies that will be used for the balanced fertilizer and pesticide will be provided by the DA and from results of research studies,” she said.

Gaspar said the  implementation of BF and BP is in support of  the Key Strategy on Technology and Innovation including Digital Agriculture under the Modernization Pillar of the ONE DA Reform Agenda.

Earlier, a team of Research Division, Integrated Laboratory Division, Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC), Nueva Vizcaya Experiment Station (DA-NVES), High Value Crops Program, Provincial Local Government Unit-Nueva Vizcaya, Municipal Local Government Unit-Kasibu, and Nueva Vizcaya Agricultural Terminal, Inc., conducted a field assessment to gauge the status of citrus orchards in Malabing Valley, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya.

They found out that many orchards have unproductive trees due to old age (30-35 years old). Rind borers and pink diseases are also found as major pests and problem in the area. (MDCT/BME/PIA Nueva Vizcaya)

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