DA-DOST conducts test on Carrageenan plant growth technology in Region 1

The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Science and Technology regional offices joined efforts to conduct field verification testing of the Carrageenan plant growth promoter technology in Region 1.
Developed by DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) and the National Crop Protection Center (NCPC) of the University of the Philippines at Los Baños (UPLB) through DOST’s Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Dhereevelopment (DOST-PCAARRD), this plant food supplement (PFS) technology for rice and corn is an indigestible polysaccharide (carbohydrates) extracted from edible seaweeds. Previous tests showed that the PFS increases the yield of rice by 15 to 30%.
A nationwide project for promotion and adaptation in the farming communities,
This 18-month nationwide project of the DOST-PCAARRD, DA, DOST-PNRI, UPLB-NCPC, and DOST Regional offices titled “Field Verification Testing of Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter for Enhanced Growth and Induced Pests and Disease Resistant in Rice and Corn”, will start within the year in the region but will focus on rice to determine the efficacy of Carrageenan as plant food supplement in the growth and yield of rice, as well as its resistance to pests and plant diseases.
At present, the partnered agencies in the region are currently working for the implementation plan and will identify the 5,000 hectares testing areas in November. The 2,500 hectares will be tested for the dry cropping season and another 2,500 hectares for wet cropping season. (Florde Liza L. Alida, Project Assistant I)