Beyond Buzzwords: Transforming Philippine Agriculture!

Bureau of Plant Industry 92nd Anniversary (Mar. 14, 2022)

Author: DA Communications Group | 14 March 2022

Agriculture Secretary William Dar graced the 92nd anniversary of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) on March 14, 2022. Secretary Dar, along with BPI Director George Culaste and key officials led the inauguration of six new facilities within its compound in Malate, Manila.

These include:

  • Crop Research and Production Support Division Building
  • BIOTECH and National Plant Quarantine Services Division Extension (PQS NAIA) Building
  • National Crop Pest Management Center
  • BPI-NPQSD Central Laboratory
  • BPI Smart Greenhouse
  • BPI Controlled Environment Indoor Cultivation System

The Crop Research and Production Support Division Building was constructed with the approval of the DA Rice Program in 2019 under the BPI-Rice Seed Component Program, in support of the National Seed Research Program. Construction started in 2020 and was completed in 2021.

Meanwhile, the National Plant Quarantine Services Division-NAIA Annex Building houses the BPI Biotechnology Office and the PQS-NAIA Administrative Office — both of which support the core operations of the Bureau.

Another newly-inaugurated BPI facility is the National Crop Pest Management Center, which was funded by the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan) 2. It utilizes state-of-the-art technologies befitting the country’s plant diagnostic laboratory. The Center hosts four special sub-facilities specializing in quick detection, surveillance, and monitoring of plant pests and diseases, making it possible for the BPI to become the lead implementing agency for crop pest management in the Philippines.

The BPI-NPQSD Central Laboratory is host to workrooms dedicated to plant pathology, entomology, seed health, and molecular analysis, with the goal of strengthening the Bureau’s diagnostic laboratories. The laboratory uses an internationally-linked online tool with assistance from Korea for identifying plant pests and diseases with quarantine issues.

Two of BPI’s new facilities are funded by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) and the High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) – Urban Bayanihan: the Controlled Environment Indoor Cultivation System at the BPI-Agricultural Engineering Division Building; and the Smart Greenhouse. Both were constructed under the Surviving and Rebooting Agriculture in the City as Urban Farming project, with the goal of promoting urban agriculture and ensuring food availability and security to address food access challenges in the urban areas.

The Crop Pest Management Division also launched the first edition of the Biological Control Agents Mass Production and Utilization Technology Handbook, which introduces biocontrol agents as sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives for controlling plant pests and diseases. (Photo by Gian Carlo Luague, DA-AFID)