Ilocano farmers support growing of tissue-cultured garlic

BURGOS, Ilocos Norte —Following the successful field trial of a tissue-cultured garlic grown in this town, farmers here have manifested their intent to adopt said technology to improve the quality of their production.

Garlic farmer like Ronald Garanda of Paayas village said one of the remarkable characteristics of the tissue-cultured garlic which he tried on his farm is its high resistance to pest and diseases.

Compared to the Ilocos native garlic variety, Garanda said his tissue-cultured garlic did not shrivel and the bulbs are still intact when it was stored for a longer time after harvest.

Selected farmers who tried the technology presented some of their harvest to Ilocos Norte Gov. Ma. Imelda Josefa Marcos during the Capitol Express held in Burgos town this week.

Earlier this year, the tissue-cultured garlic technology has been tested in various parts of Ilocos Norte such as in Burgos, Badoc and Pasuquin.

Facilitated by researchers of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna in cooperation with the provincial government of Ilocos Norte and selected farmer-cooperators, the special project aimed to boost high value crops resiliency against threat of climate change, including pests and diseases.