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Mango farmer mentored on canopy management and best practices by ACIAR-PCAARRD project experts

Published: Thursday, 26 November 2015 01:49 

Written by Allan B. Siano, Renelle Comia-Yebron, DOST-PCAARRD S&T Media Service

Allan B. Siano (leftmost), DOST-PCAARRD Manager of the Industry Strategic S&T Program for Mango, with ACIAR representatives and local team of the ACIAR- PCAARRD project on Integrated Crop Management on Mango during the monitoring and field visit in the Island Garden City of Samal. (Photo by Allan B. Siano)

Experts of the Integrated Crop Management project on mango of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) recently shared canopy management strategies and best practices to farmer cooperator Gerinio Macatual of Brgy. Tambo, Island Garden City of Samal.

The activity is part of the monitoring and field visit for the mango project funded by ACIAR and DOST-PCAARRD.

Experts from ACIAR included Dr. Ian Newton, Australian Project Leader and Dr. Paula Ibell, Australian Collaborating Scientist from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Dr. Anastacia Notarte, Provincial Agriculturist of Davao del Norte and Collaborating Scientist of the project, also assisted the project experts.


Dr. Paula Ibell, Australian Collaborating Scientist from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, showed the farmer cooperator samples of tree architecture and canopy management strategies being done in Australia. (Photo by Allan B. Siano)

The farmer cooperator was taught how to properly prune mango trees for improved production. Moreover, he was also shown samples of tree architecture and canopy management strategies that are being done in Australia.

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