Author: Jaymar Y. Sorza, Project Assistant II, PSTC-Nueva Ecija

Three agricultural enterprises in Nueva Ecija will soon harvest the benefits of being part of the Consultancy on Agricultural Productivity Enhancement (CAPE) Program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region III.

Tanglaw Buhay Multi-purpose Cooperative in Brgy. Las Piñas, Peñaranda used to produce rice but now engages in calamansi production utilizing their 2-3-hectare area.  The firm seeks to improve soil fertility and plant nutrition, harvesting and postharvest operation, and mechanization of agricultural operations.

On the other hand, Evangeline Ramos Farm in Brgy. Sangatan, Cuyapo started as a mango farm but has gone into calamansi production five years ago. The firm is looking to raise their income and crop yield by acquiring techniques on pest and disease management, soil fertility and nutrition, and harvesting and postharvest operation. The farm has a total land area of 15 hectares for mango production and 3 hectares for calamansi.

Hacienda Villamar in Brgy. Sta. Barbara, San Antonio, meanwhile, used to be a vegetable, rice, and fishery farm in 1991 but now cultivates dragonfruit and breeds rabbits. They are seeking technical assistance on dragonfruit production with the hope of transforming their venture into an organic, integrated, and agro-tourism farm.

DOST Region 3, through its Technical Consultancy and Training (TCT) Unit tapped the N. De Jesus Agricultural Consultancy Services for the project.

Dr. Norman G. De Jesus (in red) conducting the site assessment on the dragonfruit farm on Hacienda Villamar in Brgy. Sta. Barbara, San Antonio.

 

Dr. Norman G. De Jesus (in red), together with DOST PSTO Nueva Ecija staff, Engr. Mario L. Tumamao, Jr. (leftmost side) and Mr. Jonie S. Alerre (rightmost side), and owners of Evangeline Ramos Farm in Brgy. Sangatan, Cuyapo.

 

Dr. Norman G. De Jesus (leftmost side) facilitating the site assessment on the calamansi production of Tanglaw Buhay Multi-purpose Cooperative in Brgy. Las Piñas, Peñaranda.