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Mimaropa has marketed three agricultural technologies.

At least three agricultural innovations developed through a collaboration between Mimaropa’s Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC) are now available in the region.

Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Fortunato de la Pea said the OMSC was “able to successfully market” the following in a taped broadcast shown on December 3: Liquid Trichoderma in Seaweed Extract: Trichogel; Seaweed Extract Plus; and a shredding machine for fruit and vegetable wastes.

“DOST-Mimaropa has been partnering with state universities and colleges (SUCs) in transforming research and development efforts into viable products and services to ensure that the results of academic research are made available for public use and benefit,” he stated.

Trichogel is a compost fungus activator and fertilizer that is an environmentally acceptable alternative to chemical fertilizers. According to De la Pea, this has been shown to promote plant growth and nutrient concentration, as well as increase yield by 15%.

Seaweed Extract Plus, on the other hand, is a fermented pure seaweed extract that is utilized in vermicomposting, fertigation, as a compost enhancer, and as a foliar fertilizer.

Aside from being used as a fertilizer, seaweed extract can also be used to repel insects and protect plants from disease.

Meanwhile, the fruit and vegetable waste shredder mechanically break down fruit and vegetable trimmings and leftovers for use in organic waste composting or vermicast production as feed for vermi-worms.

The Occidental Mindoro Federation of Cooperatives, Lola’s Farm, San Jose Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office, and Department of Education (DepEd) schools are among the current adopters of the technology, according to de la Pea.

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