MYCORRHIZA INOCULANTS PROJECT

NEWS UPDATE: MYCORRHIZA INOCULANT PROJECT

The Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDC) established three production sites for the mycorrhizza inoculant, a soil-based biological fertilizer that improves plant growth and survival.  The sites are located in Ramon Magsaysay Technical University (RMTU) in Botolan, Zambales, Bohol Island State University (BISU) in Bilar, Bohol and Caraga State University (CSU) in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.   The project is a joint venture agreement with the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) and the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) abovementioned in support to the National Greening Program (NGP) of the government. Last year, we inaugurated the production site in RMTU, Botolan Campus, Zambales.   

To date, we have distributed mycorrhiza inoculants to Regions 1, 3 and CAR with a volume of twenty-five (25) tons estimated to apply to ten (10) million seedlings or twenty thousand (20,000) hectares.  We are expecting to generate four hundred fifty (450) tons of mycorrhiza this year and we intend to distribute one hundred twenty-five (125) tons in the next quarter to cover the requirements of other regional offices nationwide. 

Orientation on Mycorrhiza Project

The Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDC) conducted an orientation-seminar on Mycorrhiza inoculants to thirty (30) students taking up Business Administration course in Ramon Magsaysay Technological University (RMTU) in Botolan, Zambales last May 26, 2014.  The seminar highlighted the presentation and discussion in the production management and application of the product.   This was followed by another orientation-seminar focusing on the proper application of the product last June 27, 2014.  Forty four (44) people’s organization and DENR field personnel participated in the activity. The orientation aimed to provide general information on how to apply the product in the nursery stage and in the field out-planting.

National Government Exhibit 

The NRDC Participated in the Independence Day Exhibits held last June 11-12, 2014 at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila.  Free samples of Mycorrhiza and information materials on how to apply/use the product were distributed to the general public. This is part of the product promotion to inform the public that the DENR developed a technology that is environment-friendly and economically affordable.   

 GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT SEMINAR 

e NRDC, with the help of the Recognized Trainers from DENR Central Office, conducted an orientation-seminar on Government Procurement Reform Act (Republic Act 9184) to Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) members and BAC Secretariat in order for them to be oriented in the standardization and regulation of the procurement activities of the government.  The training is part of the capacity building of NRDC staff to further enhance the knowledge and expertise of the personnel concerned relative to the implementing rules and regulations of government procurement. 

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