PhilFIDA Takes a Stride in Advancing the Abaca Industry through Technology Transfer in Ampayon, Butuan City

Date Posted 22 April 2024

The recent technology transfer on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for abaca, which featured the Abaca Disease Detection Application (AbaDAPP) and the Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) Kit, was held on March 12-13, 2024. This initiative, spearheaded by the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority's Research Division and RO XIII in collaboration with Caraga State University (CSU) in Ampayon, Butuan City, marks a significant milestone in the advancement of the industry. The event brought together stakeholders from government agencies, academic institutions, and local governments, all committed to enhancing productivity and sustainability in abaca production.

Dr. Leny C. Galvez, an expert in the field, showcased the cutting-edge methodologies of AbaDAPP and the LAMP Kit. These technologies aim to detect and manage abaca diseases, particularly Abaca Bunchy Top and Mosaic disease, providing participants with practical tools for disease surveillance and control. Through hands-on sessions, participants gained valuable knowledge and experience in disease identification techniques, empowering them to implement effective management strategies in abaca farm areas.

The event culminated in the official turnover of the LAMP Kit to CSU's College of Agriculture and Agri-Industries, signaling a commitment to ongoing research and innovation within the academic community.