IFSU establishes additional banana demo farms

With IFSU’s goal to sustain its extension and community engagements, the Department of Extension and Training together with the College of Agriculture and Home Science established four additional demonstration farms with four farmer cooperators. Three of which are on banana production in Bannit, Pacco, and Halog all in the Municipality of Lamut, and one is on loach production in Poitan, Banaue, Ifugao.

The IFSU has a Banana Tissue Culture Laboratory established through a grant from the Department of Agriculture. It produces disease free banana seedlings for dispersal to banana growers in the Province of Ifugao. This is in response to the banana bunchy top disease that caused major decline in banana production not only in Ifugao but the nation as a whole. Production, however, is very minimal and cannot meet the demands of farmers in the Province. The present administration is working on improving and upgrading the existing facilities to meet the growing demands of clientele.

These endeavors show IFSU aggressively strengthening its research-extension-instruction interface.#

Marah Joy A. Nanglegan