SAN MATEO, Isabela—The government wants to increase citrus production across the country through science and technology to meet local demand, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development said Monday.
“PCAARRD has been funding research projects for citrus production in Cagayan Valley particularly in Nueva Vizcaya,” said Marita Carlos, director of the agency’s Applied Communication Division, when she was guest speaker in the opening ceremony of the 10th Balatong Festival here.
“There is great potential to boost citrus production in this region and in the whole country. We have funded research projects with the Nueva Vizcaya State University,” she added.
PCAARRD is currently funding the Citrus Resources Research for Development in Cagayan Valley program with NVSU Dr. Elbert A. Sana as program leader.
The program includes projects on value chain analysis; gene bank and database profiling of citrus genetic resources; establishment of a production system for quality planting materials; and development of pest and disease management systems.
The domestic supply of citrus is insufficient to meet local demand brought about by high incidence of pest and diseases, poor orchard management, and low adoption of improved management practices, among many other factors.
The country is importing citrus from China to fill up the shortage especially during Christmas season.
The Philippine Citrus Resources Development Center will soon be established inside Nueva Vizcaya State University.