Tuesday, May 23, 2006

LMDA assesses SNCAT proposal for PACAP

Project Title
Micro-Propagation Facility Establishment for Economically Important Agriculture and Forest Crops
Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology (SNCAT)
Project Assessment - May 13, 2006

The facility will be established at SNCAT campus and the field sites is at Barangay Tagbuyawan, Mainit and Barangay Pili, Malimono, all of Surigao del Norte. It is a 350 hectare reforestation project along the Malimono range. The project cost is Php1,595.052.40 with Php595,500.00 as counterpart of SNCAT, and the remaining amount of Php999,552.40 will be requested from Panibagong Paraan under the PACAP funding.

The micro-propagation facility establishment is perceived to be an effective tool in addressing
inequity on the absence of a tissue culture laboratory facility in the province of Surigao del Norte which affects the farmers’ decision to engage in large-scale production of abaca and other high-value banana cultivars. Aside from banana it will also venture to cut flowers productions and other high value crops.

The laboratory will enhance the technical capability of SNCAT and provide farmers an access to low-cost and disease-free planting materials. This will also provide opportunity to farmers in micro-propagation so that they will acquire appropriate skills in tissue culture with the technical assistance of SNCAT. It will also encourage innovative features and mechanism for micro-propagation.

The Appraisal
The appraisal team is composed of Mr. Bong Soto, PACAP Provincial Officer; Engr. Kaiser Recabo, LMDA Director, Mr. Omar Barillo, FOCAS Coordinator; Ms. Rosalia Rosal, Campus Dean of SNCAT, Mr. Jerry Acero, SNCAT Technical Team Leader, and Rev. Diosdado Casera, Jr., MAMATFA President. The team conducted the on-site appraisal last May 13, 2006at the SNCAT Campus at Magpayang , Mainit, Surigao del Norte. The group visited the proposed building followed with a short discussion among the proponents and beneficiaries of the project. The group visited the Malimono ranges in the afternoon. It is found in the boundary between the municipalities of Mainit and Malimono.

(Photos: 1. Assesment team near a Mangium Tree inside the SNCAT campus, 2. LMDA Director Engr. Recabo)

By: Johny S. Natad

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