Farm implements operational launch held to boost garlic production

June 27, 2024


An operational launch of farm implements was held in front of the CRL building, Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) complex of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) on June 20, 2024, marking a significant step towards enhancing agricultural productivity, particularly for garlic in the province. The event showcased an array of modern farming equipment, including a tractor with complete implements, four water pumps, four water sprayers, a pedal sealer, a push cart, a scale, four working tables, four food racks, 50 food crates, and a set sprinkler irrigation system.
 
The acquisition of the equipment is part of the project "SDG Business Verification Survey with the Private Sector for Value Chain of Black Garlic in the Philippines."  The project is a partnership between MMSU and Takara, Inc. of Japan, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Its primary goal is to enhance the productivity of garlic and other bulb crops while developing high-value-added garlic products in the Philippines. Additionally, the partnership with Takara, Inc. hopes to improve the scientific and technological aspects of the province's black garlic production and manufacturing chain.
 
Dr. Prima Fe R. Franco, MMSU Vice President for Academic Affairs, represented the University President, Dr. Shirley C. Agrupis, in the ceremonial handover of the farm equipment from Mr. Soichi Takai, a JICA consultant. Dr. Franco expressed her gratitude for JICA's support and conveyed her optimism for the success of the project. Joining Dr. Franco in the launching program were the Research and Extension directorates directors, Dr. Dionisio Bucao and Dr. Marilou  Lucas, respectively, the Garlic Research Center chief, Ms. Noralyn Legaspi, and MMSU researchers. A demonstration of the operation of the tractor was conducted following the formal program.

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