Region 12 agri officials see bullish rubber industry, increased productivity

200 rubber farmers and stakeholders from different parts of SOCCSKSARGEN participated in the 3rd Regional Rubber Congress, Oct. 24-25 in Kidapawan City.

This undertaking was initiated by the Department of Agriculture 12 in collaboration with Department of Trade and Industry, Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council 12, Region 12 Rubber Industry Council, Provincial Government of North Cotabato and City Government of Kidapawan which centered on the theme, “Advancement of Rubber Production and Marketing Standards.”

Through this congress, rubber growers were retooled with new technologies and new information in uplifting the quality of their product.

With great product attribute, farmers will pass the price standards of the world market for rubber.

Dr. Jocelyn Torres, Department of Agriculture 12 Focal Person on High Value Crops Development Program, confirmed that Region 12 is the second rubber producing region in the country after Zamboanga Peninsula.

Meanwhile, Rodolfo Galang, the Philippine Rubber Research Institute (PRRI) Interim Executive Director, also presented the role of PRRI in helping small and medium holders.

Rubber farmers were also filled with the recent technology on rubber tapping as an aid to increased production. It was delivered by Hadji Tajuddin Ismail, Director of Texlow Technologies and Consultancy based in Malaysia.

On the second day of the rubber congress, farmer-participants visited the rubber nursery and plantation of Platinum Rubber Development, Inc. wherein they were able to learn new trends in cultivating the land for rubber.

Rodrigo Sargado, Chairman of the Region 12 Rubber Industry Council stressed out, “We are thankful to DA and other agencies and stakeholders who provided the efforts to make this activity successful.”

He also added that the success of this congress was hurled by the series of meetings conducted before the take off of the activity. (Carl Ulysses Aguillon/Christian Matullano)

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