First nat’l Adlai grand field day set in September PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2014 11:25

The DA - Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) national Adlai coordinator Apolonia A. Menodza revealed the plan and activities to be held during the first national Adlai Grand Field Day which is set on September 3-4 at Legarda Uno, Dinas in Zamboanga del Sur.

A field evaluation and inspection was conducted by the BAR Team to ensure the readiness of the area. The team found out the excellent cultivation and good structure of the adlai plantation in the field.  Mendoza said that the plantation is properly organized showing the five known varieties of Adlai which are the Kinampay, Batalai, Pulot, Gulian, and Mataslai. She also mentioned that the other part of the field shows potential area for adlai intercrops such as mungbean and soybean.

During the field inspection, the Managers from Southern Tagalog Integrated Agricultural Research Center (STIARC) Digna Narvacan, and Northern Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (NOMIARC) Juanita B. Salvani and Region IX organic program focal person Priscilla Jover and other support staff from the DA. Both Narvacan and Salvani suggested for little physical improvement on the areas where the adlay production would be showcased. “A passable and comfortable way can bring the visitors and participants closer to the Adlay and make them fully utilize their time in discovering the beauty of adlay”. Salvani said.

Mendoza confirmed that no less than the Secretary of Agriculture, Proceso J. Alcala will be joining the celebration on the opening activity on September 3, 2014. “Farmers from different regions of the country will also be coming. This event will boost the beauty of Adlay. So, let us make this a very successful one,” Mendoza emphasized.

On the other hand, Region IX organic agriculture program coordinator Priscilla Jover also relayed other highlights of the activity. She said there will be display booths to showcase the different champion products of Adlay from all the different regions. “After the field tour, a program will be held and highlighting it would be a Subanen Ritual, acknowledging the Subanen tribe being the first adlay growers and consumers in the country”. She said.

Further, the team also visited the municipalities of Josefina, Ramon Magsaysay, Mahayag, Upper Laperian, Dumalinao, and Dinas in Zamboanga del Sur where there are existing large scope of adlay production. (JRodriguez)