The area for the garden and production farm will be divided to accomodate yerba buena, lagundi, niyog-niyogan, sambong and tsaang-gubat. Planting distance for yerba buena will be 0.3 x 0.3 m. and of the rest will be 1.5 x 1.5 m. adopting the square system of planting. Recommended cultural and management practices on these crops will be followed. Trellises will be put up for niyog-niyogan. Harvesting will be done as soon as the plants are established and/or when the plant parts become available. Planting materials will be propagated in 5" x 8" plastic bags and will be maintained in the nurseries for dispersal. The nurseries will be situated in BPI and UPLB. The study aims to establish and maintain a garden and production farm of medicinal plants, and propagate and maintain a good supply of planting materials. The five priority crops planted to the two-hectare production farm at the BPI area have generally good growth except for lagundi which is evidently nutrient-deficient. Tsaang-gubat was affected by the dry season resulting to thinner foliage.Niyog-niyogan plants had heavy flowering and fruiting. The fruits were harvested and air-dried. Tsaang-gubat and lagundi were also harvested for the PHGI and NIRPROMP. These were brought to the NSTA pilot plant for processing.Pest damage was minimal except for the newly planted yerba buena. It was again affected by the virus-like infection which hit the crop last year.
The study aims to establish and maintain a garden and production farm of medicinal plants, and propagate and maintain a good supply of planting materials.
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