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DA Region 1 research group seeks registration of new mungbean variety

SAN FERNANDO CITY, June 25 (PIA) – The research team of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 1 (DA-RFO1) is seeking the seed registration of newly-produced “kusapo” mungbean variety in the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).
This developed after the recent successful market matching activity for mungbean of the three farmers’ associations in Dingras, Ilocos Norte with the Nutridense Foods Manufacturing Corporation.
The new mungbean variety was produced following the inception of the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) on mungbean production, which was launched three years ago in Sitio Camiring, Brgy. Barong, Dingras, Ilocos Norte.
DA-RFO1 Executive Director Nestor Domenden said that this is another breakthrough on producing a high-quality variety of mungbean from Ilocos Norte through the initiative of the research team from their office with the help of the farmer-cooperators.
“The newly-produced mungbean seed variety needs to be registered in the BPI to have its identity and certification of its purity and quality,” said Domenden.
Mark Ariel Agresor, the leader of CPAR project in Ilocos, said the DA-RFO I research team is now in close coordination with the BPI for registration of the “kusapo” mungbean seed to provide a unique identity of the variety produced from the area.
Aside from the variety registration, DA-RFO I research group is doing all efforts to strengthen the research centers in the region through conducting training to seed growers prior to their BPI accreditation.
Four research centers are setting-up an area of 0.5 hectares for seed production,  which shall be established in DA - Ilocos Norte Research and Experiment Center (INREC) - Batac City and Dingras, Ilocos Norte;  Ilocos Sur Research and Experiment Center (ISREC) – San Juan, Ilocos Sur; and Pangasinan Research and Experiment Center (PREC) - Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan.
With the potential yield of 700 kilos per hectare intended for seed production through roguing, Agresor explained that there is a need to carefully plan the planting of mungbean to avoid its influx in the region that may affect the price in the market.
While accredited seed growers are enjoying the P160 per kilo of their mungbean seeds, Agresor advised the farmers to start planting mungbean in November to December until January to catch the best time to harvest in time for the higher price of the commodity. (JCR/AMB/FGL, PIA 1)

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