By Shiela Mae Butlig
Misamis Oriental provincial government and the Local Government Unit of Sugbongcogon on March 14, officially launch the start-up and operation of tissue culture laboratory.
Tissue culture laboratory aimed to propagate crops through culturing it.
Culture technician Lottah Grace Talo said crops that will be cultured in this newly opened laboratory in Sugbongcogon are bananas, abaca, orchids and potatoes.
Talo emphasized that the benefit of a cultured crop such of the banana is that the farmers can assure the seedling that they will be planting is a “disease free”.
“Ang pag culture muabot sa 8-10 months”, said Talo, adding that they are propagating a disease free material.
Talo explained that from one banana sucker (or isa ka saha) it would produce a 200 seedlings.
From now since they have cultured bananas already farmers can buy seedling from their nursery that costs 10-15 pesos.
“Farmers can benefit from it. They can have a clean and hy-brid seedling,” said Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeney Vincente Emano.
The laboratory can culture enough supply of seedling intendid for the farmers of Kinoguitan, Salay , Lagonglong, and Binuangan.
Municipal mayor of Sugbongcogon, Mildred Mondigo was pleased that the laboratory was built in her town saying that it will help increase their livelihood.
This tissue culture laboratory is a collaborative effort of the Provincial Government, LGU of Sugbongcogon, Department of Science and Technology, Philippine Fiber Development Authority 10, Department of Agrarian Reform and Department of Agriculture.