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Development of Organic Seed Systems for Field Legumes & Lowland Vegatables (RFU IVA & B, V)

1.6 Abstract

This project is part of the continuing effort of the Department of Agriculture in increasing the production of certified organic seeds of the National Seed Industry Council (NSIC) varieties and promising line of field legumes and selected vegetables. It contains three objectives, namely: it evaluated the seed yield performance under organic condition; secured organic certification from Organic Certification Center of the Philippines (OCCP) for organic seed production system at BPI-NBNCRDC; and established partnership with identifies organic stakeholders for participatory seed production.

One-and-a-half hectare area for organic seed production of NSIC-approved varieties and promising lines of field legumes (Pole sitao (Vigna unguiculata subsp. Sesquipedalist) and lowland vegetables (tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) was established in the Center.

Evaluation of seeds yield performance of different varieties of crops grown was done. Highest yielders were: BPI-Cp3 )1.05 tons/ha) in cowpea: PSB Ps2 (1.54 tons/ha) and MSIC Ps5 (1.4ton/ha) in pole silato: NSIC mg 14 (0.88ton/ha) in mungbean and were also gathered and analyzed.

Profitability analysis showed a positive return on—investment on highest yielding varieties of cowpea (154.32%), pole silao (334.92% ans 295.38%), mungbean (6.70%) and tomato (63.39%).

In addition to the above results, BPI-LBNCRDC was awarded the organic certification on June 24, 2013 by OCCP. This certification authorizes BPI-LBNCRDC to use the OCCP seal “Organic in-Transition” for the seeds it produces. An area of 1.28 ha and a total of 645 kg organic seeds were certified by OCCP.

As for strengthening partnerships, the project was able to partner with the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) in Quezon; the Madrigal Foundation Inc. and Christ Life Community (CLC) in Camarines Sur; and the Department of Agriculture-Palawan Agriculture Experiment Station (DA-PAES) in Palawan. Harvest festivals and trainings were conducted in the area with a total of 211