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A field day on the production of onion and garlic for the Cordillera highland was conducted by the Bureau of Plant Industry - Baguio National Crop Research Development and Production Support Center (BPI-BNCRDPSC) on April 4, 2018 at Guisad Valley, Baguio City.

The activity was attended by residents from barangays Crescentia Village and Fairview; representatives from Pinsao National High School; Provincial Local Government Unit of Benguet; municipal local government units (LGUs) of Sablan, La Trinidad, Kapangan, Tuba, all in Benguet; and Barlig, Mountain Province. On the job trainees from Ifugao State University (IFSU) and DA-CAR High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) staff also participated in the field day.

According to BPI-BNCRDPSC Chief Jesus Aspuria, 1.26 kilograms is the per capita consumption of every Filipino, multiplied by the million population of the country to come up with the total estimated demand on garlic versus the 7,486 MT production does not really suffice. Thus, the importation of garlic and onion that were taken advantage by cartels, he added.

With that, the techno-demo on garlic and onion were conducted to test their suitability in cool places such as Baguio City and also to explore possible areas for its expansion to boost its production.

Moreover, on the side of DA-Regional Field Office-Cordillera Administrative Region, according to High Value Crops Development Program Regional Coordinator (HVCDP) Joan Bacbac, they are to establish technology demonstration farms on garlic and onion in the six provinces of the region this year.

“This year, the Bureau of Plant Industry will concentrate on technology demonstration on garlic and onion and establishment of tissue culture laboratories for garlic to come up with virus free and quality planting materials,” said Jerico Noynay of BPI Central Office.// Karen T. Gawigawen