Beyond Buzzwords: Transforming Philippine Agriculture!

Inauguration of New Breeding Laboratories and Turnover Ceremony at PhilSCAT (Mar 25, 2022)

Author: DA Communications Group | 25 March 2022

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and People’s Republic of China Ambassador Huang Xilian inaugurated the new breeding laboratories at the Philippine-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT) at the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija on March 25, 2022.

The three new PhilSCAT laboratories are dedicated to grain quality, pollen evaluation, and seed storage. Also included among PhilSCAT’s new facilities is the cold water pond, which is intended for the evaluation and seed multiplication of the Thermosensitive Genic Male Sterile (TGMS) for the development of TGMS-based or two-line hybrid rice.

The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines also donated P4-M worth of fertilizers plus farm machinery units to the DA.

PhilSCAT presented its Technical Cooperation Program (TCP) III, which included cultivating four hybrid rice lines, forging of 15 agreements, granting of interventions to 325 farmer-beneficiaries, and patenting of newly developed agricultural technologies.

PhilSCAT Head Marvin Cinense assured that the center, with the mentorship of Chinese agriculture experts, will continue promoting modern agricultural technologies and hybrid rice production in the country. (Photo by Gian Carlo Luague, DA-AFID)