BALLESTEROS, Cagayan, May 17 (PIA) - - - The regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here has high hopes that the Cagayan Valley region will be rice sufficient in the next three years following the testimonies of farmer-beneficiaries and positive results of the Carrageenan application regionwide.
During the Rice Harvest Festival at barangay Fugu in this town, farmer-beneficiaries of the 13 barangays of this town who are members of the PEBOFDA were elated to inform the officials of DOST Region 2 that their yield significantly increased to approximately 18 to 40 percent after applying Carrageenan to their palays.
Regional director Sancho Mabborang said of the about 3,000 hectares committed for carrageenan application, close to 1,000 farmers in the Cagayan Valley region have benefited since it was introduced to the farmers in the region three years ago.
"Kung eto po ang magtuluy tuloy at mas marami pong farmers ang magbebenefit dito, ang tansiya ko po sa susunod na tatlong taon ay magiging rice sufficient na tayo," he added.
He said Carrageenan is a product of the continuing research of the DOST aimed primarily at helping farmers to increase their yield.
"Dinala po natin sa field ang Carrageenan at tuluy-tuloy po ang pananaliksik na ginagawa ng DOST. Napakaganda po ng mga datos na nakuha natin sa laboratoryo kaya ngayo'y ina-apply na natin sa field," Mabborang said.
He said aside from its benefits to increasing the yield of farmers, Carrageenan has shown to be a good pest controller as pests were being shooed after series of applications which was testified by Orlando Thomas, one of the farmer-beneficiaries.
Thomas said during the first cropping for the dry season, his two hectares were planted with palay of which the 1 hectare was applied with fertilizer while the other 1 hectare was applied with Carrageenan
"Nakitak iti diprensiya na. Adaddu iti dagsin na ajay naikkan iti Carrageenan. Pati igges iraman na pay nga papanawen ken pestyin na agijay dadduma," Thomas said.
(Nakita ko ang pagkakaiba ng palay na ginamitan ng abono at Carrageenan. Sa Carrageenan, bukod sa mas malusog ay umaalis ang mga peste gaya ng mgha uod.)
On the other hand, as of this writing, Mabborang said DOST is conducting additional researches in applying Carrageenan to other plants such as mung bean, corn, peanut, munggo and other high-value vegetables.
During the Munggo Festival in San Mateo, Isabela, Mabborang said farmers' yield significantly recorded an increase of 452 percent.
For her part, Evelyn Camacho, who received 9 liters of Carrageenan, said she applied the product to her fruit bearing trees such as mandarin and to her vegetable plants to include eggplant, okra and mung bean.
"Mayat met gayam sir nu ipadas mu iti gulgulay. Nalalasbang ken napipintas iti maibunga na," she said.
(Okay din naman po pala kapag gamitin ito sa mga gulay. Mas malusog at mas maganda ang bunga. )
Following the positive feedback from the members of the association, Mabborang has committed to the farmer-beneficiaries another batch of Carrageenan supply to 400 hectares.
"Ito po ang unang yugto ng aming pagtulong sa association. Ako po ay magcocommit sa inyo ng another 400 hectares for the wet season na ibibigay at itutulong muli sa inyo ng libre," Mabborang said.
On the other hand, Dominador Domingo, PEBOFDA president, has expressed his gratitude to the usual support of DOST to their association.
"Bilang kapalit po ng inyong mga tulong sa amin, ine-encourage ko po ang mga kasamahan ko na tumbasan natin ito ng pagsisipag at pagpapatuloy na pangalagaan ang ating mga sakahan," Domingo said.
Meanwhile, Mabborang said DOST office in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan will always be open to cater the needs of their clients.
"Ang aming pong tulong ay walang hinihinging kapalit. Ang gusto lang po naming makita ay mapakinabangan ninyo yung mga pananaliksik na ginagawa at ginastusan ng gobyerno . Kapag nakita po namin na inyong napakinabangan ay kumpleto na po ang aming trabaho," Mabborang added.
On the same occasion, DOST has also turned-over machine in making soft broom or "walis tambo" to the association. (MDCT/PIA-2)