State Agri Colleges, DAR Join Hands To Set Up Local Seedling Nurseries
October 3, 2005

AGRARIAN reform communities (ACRs) nationwide will receive a fresh package of agricultural assistance from a new partnership the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and the Department of Agrarian Reform.

PASUC Presidents Dr. Eldigario Gonzales and DAR Secretary Nasser Pangandaman signed a memorandum of agreement last September 19 for a joint program on the establishment of nursery greenhouse facilities in ACRs located in areas where SUCs in the country offer agriculture and forestry colleges. Aside form WMSU, 39 other SUCs in the country offer agricultural and forestry courses.

Dr. Gonzales said the nurseries are components of DARs support programs for the ARCs, which includes capability- building, market development and technology transfer. He said the SUCs will extend various related expertise and research services to the nursery program. The nurseries will supply the seedling requirements of the agrarian farmers and improve their farming know-how, he said.

DAR will also exercise best efforts to access credit resources to the farmers under the same agreement.

PASUC and DAR will form a technical working committee to prepare a workplan and to monitor the program’s implementation, including production and marketing.

Western Mindanao State has ARCs that are engaged in the cultivation of various crops, like rubber, coconuts, and commercial trees, vegetables, rice, corn, livestock and fruits. (Rey-Luis Banagudos/PAO-WMSU )