VSU intensifies food security efforts through root crop production amidst COVID-19

The Philippine Root Crop Research and Training Center (PhilRootcrops) continues to contribute in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by reinforcing their Integrated Extension Program on Root Crops to promote food security, nutrition, and livelihood development in some marginalized agricultural barangays of Baybay City, Leyte. This project has been ongoing since April 2020 despite community lockdowns implemented within Baybay CIty and the greater Leyte area.

The main objectives of PhilRootcrops’ extension program are to increase the utilization and consumption of root crops to promote nutrition and health with a long term goal of developing local root crop value chains and industries that will hopefully provide livelihood opportunities to the Baybayanons.

PhilRootcrops’ programs have national coverage but due to the travel restrictions brought by the pandemic, they were only able to concentrate their physical or close-contact services in Baybay City as of now. However, this has already made a significant impact on making Baybay City as a local model for the root crop industry that can be adopted in other areas in the Philippines.

The Baybay City LGU poured a huge investment on strengthening the local sweet potato industry by allocating an initial investment worth 10 million pesos, to which 7 million of this will be used for infrastructure and equipment while 3 million will be allocated for product development activities such as processing, packaging, and marketing. 

The Integrated Extension Program on Root Crops involves the distribution of high yielding root crop varieties for processing, direct table use, and for value chain development services. These high yielding varieties can help farmers increase their yield from just merely 5 tons per hectare to more than 20 tons per hectare.

Prof. Marlon Tambis, the head of the Extension and Socio-Economic Division of PhilRootcrops, stressed the importance of sweet potatoes in poverty alleviation and in improving human nutrition.

“Aside from its profitability, growing sweet potatoes can also help farmers and their family in acquiring essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is crucial, especially now that we are experiencing a pandemic, that we need to take care of our health and nutrition”, Prof. Tambis explained.

PhilRootcrops also provides market links, financial support, production input assistance, and capacity building training for farmers using techno-transfer methods, such as farming demonstrations and direct farming supervision and monitoring.

The research and training institute has spearheaded the utilization of innovations in the value-added processing of sweet potato, which includes vacuum frying and puree processing. These shall provide the raw materials for other nutritious, high-value products, such as ice cream and bakery products that will hopefully increase the demand for root crops within the Baybay City and even beyond.

While much of the activities of PhilRootcrops right now are concentrated on Baybay City because of mobility issues, the Center continues to help other parts of the country by distributing 140,000 sweet potato cuttings to four pilot sites in Mindanao specifically in Surigao, Tagum, Polomolok, and Dapitan. All these cuttings traveled to Mindanao from VSU on September 14, 2020. 

The variety of these cuttings include Vacuum Fried SP, Deep Orange (35), Deep Purple Japonita, and Fleshy White (36), all of which are high-yielding varieties and are proven to be suitable to the local environment in Mindanao. These plant cuttings will be cultivated by the institute’s project partners in Mindanao to increase utilization and consumption of root crops and its by-products across the country.

PhilRootcrops expects to see short term benefits of food security and nutrient adequacy to the participating farmers and their families since the crops can be harvested in three and a half months. The economic impact of the program is predicted to start as early as 2-3 years or once the market of the processed products stabilizes and the whole value chain becomes more prominent.

As of June 2020, there are around 70 farmers who benefited from the program across 15 rural barangays in Baybay City. Several farmers who first received their planting materials in April have actually already reaped harvests and earned income out of this project. By: Allen Glen Gil

Source: https://www.vsu.edu.ph/articles/news/1853-vsu-intensifies-food-security-efforts-root-crop-production-amidst-covid19

About PhilRootcrops

The Philippine Root Crop Research and Training Center (PhilRootcrops) is a government research, development and training institution for root and tuber crops: cassava, sweetpotato, taro, yam, yambean, arrowroot and other rootcrops.
Read more

Vision, Mission & Goal

Vision
Creating wealth, enhancing health, improving lives through roots and tubers
Mission
To provide the national leadership in formulating and implementing strategic root crop research and development programs that can reduce poverty and food insecurity
Goal
To generate and promote root crop innovations and information that can improve the lives of stakeholders along the root crop value chain.

Contact Information

DR. EDGARDO E. TULIN
Director
PhilRootcrops, VSU,Visca, Baybay City, Leyte, Philippines 6521-A
Telephone / Fax No.: +63 (053)563-7229 Trunkline: +63 (053) 565 0600 local 1063
Email: [email protected] | [email protected]
For queries, comments, and suggestions, kindly email us.
c99 shellpendik escortpendik escorthacklinkhacklink panelbacklink satışhacklink satışbacklink sorgulamasex hikayeçorlu escortçerkezköy escortsivas escortmanisa escortizmir escorthatay escorterzurum escortbalikesir escorturfa escorttrabzon escorttekirdag escortsamsun escortadana escortankara escortantep escortaydin escortbursa escortdenizli escortdiyarbakir escorteskisehir escortkayseri escortkocaeli escortkonya escortmalatya escortmaras escortmardin escortmersin escortsakarya escortordu escortmugla escortc99 shelllitespeed bypass shellindoxploit shelllogsuz shell indirlitespeed bypass shellphp shellgoogle sıra bulucur57 shellbypass shellwebroot shellGameloopmozrankkadına özelworld newsseo analysiswso shellc99 shellc99 shellkadın newsmeme küçültmemakale programıbacklink satışbacklink alinstagram takipçi hilesisisli bayan escortşişli bayan escortsisli bayan escortadana escortadıyaman escortşirinevler escortankara escortantalya escortizmir escortankara escortmersin escortbest stethoscopeBest Dog Crateistanbul escortraycon reviewsBest Gaming MonitorsBest Brain Supplementsantalya escortwireless earbudsadana escortgaziantep escorteskişehir escortkocaeli escortsamsun escortesenyurt escortpendik escortseo sorgulaseo analizhacklink satışbacklinkseosite analizhacklinkbacklink alseo araclarıTanıtım Yazısıbacklink satışseo sorgulamasunucu taramawordpress free temaWordpress Free Themeshtml kod şifrelemeWho iswordpress themessakarya escortkayseri escortadıyamanescortbursa escorttuzla escortkurtkoy escortkartal escortdiyarbakır escortdenizli escorthatay escortelazığ escortbeşiktaş escortbeykoz escortzeytinburnu escortsancaktepe escortmalatya escortkonya escortbeyoğlu escortarnavutköy escortfatih escortbağcılar escorttuzla escortküçükçekmece escortümraniye escortüsküdar escortesenler escortsarıyer escortbebek escortlevent escortgaziosmanpaşa escortetiler escortkartal escortmecidiyeköy escortbaşakşehir escortşişli escortbahçelievler escorthalkalı escortbahçeşehir escorteyüp escortkağıthane escortortaköy escorttaksim escortbeylikdüzü escortataşehir escortbakırköy escortataköy escortkadıköy escortavcılar escortbostancı escortbüyükçekmece escortkurtköy escortmerter escortnişantaşı escortafyon escortağrı escortaksaray escortamasya escortardahan escortartvin escortaydın escortbalıkesir escortbatman escortbingöl escortbilecik escortçanakkale escortbartın escortbayburt escortbolu escortburdur escortbitlis escortbursa escortçankırı escortdenizli escortdüzce escortdiyarbakir escortçorum escortedirne escortelazığ escorterzincan escorterzurum escorteskişehir escortantep escorthakkari escortığdır escortgümüşhane escortgiresun escortkaraman escortizmir escortkarabük escorthatay escortistanbul escortkars escortkastamonu escortkıbrıs escortkayseri escortkırıkkale escortkütahya escortkırşehir escortkonya escortkilis escortkocaeli escortkırklareli escortmersin escortmuğla escortnevşehir escortmuş escortniğde escortsamsun escortsinop escortordu escortbodrum escortkuşadası escortsakarya escortsiirt escortosmaniye escortrize escortkozyatağı escortmardin escortmanisa escortmaraş escortmalatya escorterenköy escortküçükyalı escortiçerenköy escortbayrampaşa escortşaşkınbakkal escortsultançiftliği escortyozgat escortyalova escorttokat escortçekmeköy escorttunceli escorttrabzon escortzonguldak escortsivas escortuşak escortşırnak escortsinop escortkıbrıs escorttekirdağ escortvan escortsiirt escorturfa escortrize escortnevşehir escortmuğla escortmuş escortosmaniye escortmanisa escortordu escortmardin escortniğde escortkütahya escortkırşehir escortkırıkkale escortkastamonu escortkars escortkilis escortkırklareli escortkarabük escortmaraş escortgümüşhane escortığdır escortgiresun escortedirne escortçanakkale escortısparta escorterzurum escortbayburt escortburdur escorterzincan escortbitlis escortbolu escortbilecik escortçankırı escortdüzce escortbingöl escortbatman escortbartın escortbalıkesir escortaydın escortartvin escortardahan escortaksaray escortafyon escortamasya escortağrı escortpubg hile alhacklink panelbacklink salesgoogle newstatto girlshacklink seolifta 20 mgliftalifta 20lifta 20 mg nedirlifta nedirkamagra nedirsüper kamagrainstagram takipçi hilesihacklink seoadana escortcanlı bahisadana eskortnevşehir escortbedava bonus veren bahis siteleribedava bonusdeneme bonusu30 tl bonus veren bahis sitelerihoşgeldin bonusuhoşgeldin bonusu veren bahis siteleribahis siteleribahiskaçak iddaacanlı bahisTürkçe Bahis Şirketlerisex hikayeleriporno hikayelerkayseri escorteryaman escortistanbul bayan escortkarşıyaka escortbuca escortalsancak escortkonak escortkuşadası escortçeşme escortçorum escortbeylikdüzü escortbornova escortgöztepe escortçankaya escortankara escortankara escort bayanescort ankaraescort ankaraankara escort bayanankara escortEscort ankaraankara escort bayanankara escortEscort antalyaantalya escort bayanantalya escortankara escort bayanEscort ankaraAnkara escort kızlarankara escortankara escortankara escort bayanescort ankaraEscort antalyaÇankaya escort bayanantalya escortKeçiören escort bayanEryaman escortKeçiören EscortEscort sincanEtlik escort bayanEryaman escort bayanÇankaya escortSincan escort bayanantalya escort bayanSincan escortKızılay escort bayanEtlik escortAnkara rus escortKızılay escortEscort eryamanantalya escortçankaya escortPendik EscortTuzla EscortKartal EscortKurtkoy EscortEryaman EscortÇankaya Escortinstagram takipci hilesiinstagram takipci hilesismm panelsmm panelinsagram Free Followersinstagram Followers Freeinstagram takipci satın alinstagram unfollowinstagram beğeni hilesiinstagram Followersinstagram free likesinstagram takipci hilesiinstagram takipci hilesiinstagram takipci hilesiMalatya Escortankara escortankara escortseo analysissite analysisseo newsphp encodebase64 encodebeylikdüzü escortbeylikdüzü escortbeylikdüzü escortsamsun escortmalatya escortantalya escortkonya escortyozgat escortbeylikdüzü escortkayseri escortçanakkale escortbodrum escortafyon escortalanya escorteskişehir escortbursa escortmanisa escortbursa escortsakarya escortkonya escortnevşehir escorttekirdağ escortbursa escortbursa escortelazığ escortniğde escortkayseri escortgaziantep escortzonguldak escortşanlıurfa escortsamsun escortmersin escortadana escortdiyarbakır escortkıbrıs escortısparta escortsinop escortgümüşhane escortordu escortrize escortkars escortniğde escortzonguldak escortartvin escorterzincan escortnevşehir escortyalova escortyozgat escortsivas escortısparta escortmardin escortuşak escortedirne escorteskişehir escortsakarya escortsinop escortkütahya escortbolu escortgiresun escortalanya escortkuşadası escortafyon escortbolu escortelazığ escortkastamonu escortdidim escortmarmaris escortçanakkale escortmardin escortordu escortbodrum escortvan escorttrabzon escortantalya escortkütahya escorthatay escortedirne escortgiresun escortsivas escortkıbrıs escortyalova escortmalatya escorterzurum escortgaziantep escortçeşme escortartvin escorterzurum escorttrabzon escortvan escortmanisa escortşanlıurfa escortadana escorterzincan escorthatay escortkastamonu escortrize escorttekirdağ escortdiyarbakır escortcialis fiyatcialis fiyatlarıcialis 20 mgcialiscialis 100 mgcialis 5 mgcialis satışviagra fiyatıkayseri escortadana escortamasya escortbartın escortbatman escortadıyaman escortbayburt escortartvin escortantalya escortaydın escortbalıkesir escortağrı escortafyon escortbilecik escortbingöl escortburdur escortbolu escortbursa escortçanakkale escortçorum escortdüzce escortedirne escortçankırı escortdiyarbakır escortdenizli escortelazığ escortgiresun escorthatay escortkaraman escortısparta escortmaraş escortkars escortkastamonu escortgümüşhane escorteskişehir escortkarabük escorterzincan escorterzurum escortkayseri escortkütahya escortkırıkkale escortkırklareli escortmardin escortkonya escortmuğla escortkocaeli escortmanisa escortmersin escortkırşehir escortmalatya escortmuş escortosmaniye escortnevşehir escortniğde escortsamsun escortordu escortrize escorturfa escortsakarya escortsinop escorttekirdağ escortyalova escortzonguldak escortyozgat escortsivas escorttunceli escorttrabzon escortuşak escorttokat escortvan escortşırnak escortsivas escortuşak escorttunceli escortkıbrıs escortkıbrıs escorttekirdağ escortyozgat escorttokat escortzonguldak escorttrabzon escortvan escortyalova escortizleANKARA ESCORTkamagra 100mg fiyatkamagra 100mgkamagra fiyatıkamagra jel fiyatıviagra fiyatinstagram followers freewso shell