ASCOT’s Vice-President for Research and Extension, Eusebio V. Angara, Ph.D., spearheads the training on cultivation and propagation of lakatan tissue culture at Barangay Toytoyan, Dipaculao, Aurora, on October 12. The attendees received banana plantlets. Twenty-one cooperators from the barangay went to the barangay’s covered court for the event.

There were three resource persons for the training: Ms. Elena Jostunal, ASCOT Lab Technician on Banana Tissue Culture; Mr. Danilo Esguerra and Mr. Manuel Amatorio from the office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG). Among the things discussed was the production of banana tissue culture from planting to harvesting. The profitability of venturing in this endeavor is shared. The resource persons from the OPAG have expressed their support in this undertaking. They vowed to collaborate more with ASCOT in projects such as this.

The goal of this training is to engage the people of Barangay Toytotyan into more agricultural and farm tourism livelihoods in the hopes of helping them increase their income. Each cooperator received six plantlets that they will plant in their far. Health protocols followed.