Tap Team Gathers Data for Techno Assessment

         The members of BCARRD’s Technology Assessment Protocol (TAP) team conducted preliminary data gathering last July 13 by visiting the Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF) and the Philippine Coconut Authority – Albay Research Center (PCA-ARC).

           The TAP Team is composed of Dir. Grace B. Brizuela as chairperson, and Jose Ramon de Leon, Leilani Pavilando and Angelo Candelaria as members.

            The technologies verified by the Team were the “Enhanced Asexual Propagation of Pili” and the “Makapuno Embryo Culture Technology.” The enhanced Pili propagation technology, also known as inarching, is a project of Prof. Jerry S. Bigornia of the Crop Science Department of BUCAF. Prof. Bigornia noted that “so much interest has been given to Pilinut due to its potential as an export winner where the region has competitive advantage over the other areas not only in the Philippines but all over the world.”

             Erlinda P. Rillo, Scientist IV and Division Chief III of the tissue Culture Division, PCA-Albay Research Center briefed the Group of the Embryo Cultured Makapuno Coconut Seedling. She viewed makapuno to be very lucrative considering the current demand of 4, 209, 732 kilos of raw makapuno by the various processors, including big ice cream industries in the country.rious processors, including big ice cream industries in the country.