ALBAY EXPERIMENT STATION
Mayon Crossing, Buang, Tabaco
The station is the research outreach
station for upland plain and is the regional training center
for pili and rootcrops. It is located at the junction of the
Sabloyon and Mayon Skyline Hotel road; 14 kilometers away from
Tabaco and 16 kilometers from Ligao via the Ligao-Tabaco Sabloyon
road. It has a total land area of 50.3 hectares located in the
eastern slope of Mayon Volcano 13º 24 north latitude
and 123 º 42 east longitude.
It has an elevation of 175
meters above sea level. It belongs to the Type II climate with
no dry season with a very pronounced maximum rainfall from November
to January. Topography is slightly rolling ranging from 5-10%
slope. Average annual rainfall is 402.3 mm and average mean temperature
is 25.7ºC. It has a sandy loam type of soil with pH 6.3.
The station was established
in 1963 by virtue of RA 3045 and was named Albay Abaca Seedbank
in support to the implementation of the Abaca Development Program.
In 1975 it was renamed Albay Abaca Seedbank and Research Station
and finally in 1978 as Albay Experiment Station.
In 1992-98 the station was designated as ROS for Upland
Plain and Coastal Marine Development tasked to undertake researches
and trials appropriate for upland areas. It was later named RIARC
for Upland Plain Development from 2000 to date.
To promote agricultural development
and growth through research and development of appropriate and
relevant technologies that will increase productivity of upland
crops and disseminate these technologies to the clientele through
the conduct of technodemo trials and training in order to make
upland farming profitable.
To increase the income of upland
farmers, alleviate poverty, generate productive opportunities
and promote economic growth.
A modernized upland agriculture
that is technologically advanced and competitive with local and
external market ecologically sound and responsive to the needs
of various stakeholders.
7 registered pili varieties namely: Laysa, M. Orolfo, Magnaye,
Magayon, Lanuza, Mayon 1 and
Mayon 2 for massive propagation.
an improved grafting protocol for pili with
1 promising indigenous sweetpotato cultivar (13 B Tres Colores).
Developed 2 open pollinated sweetpotato
cultivars namely AES-MBC-01 and AES-MBC-02.
/ maintained three hectares pili scion grove with 386 cultivars
and pili germplasm bank with 1,173 trees with 609 bearing trees
1. Germplasm Collection and
Evaluation of Promising Pili cultivars. A total of 34 promising
2. Varietal graft compatability in pili
3. Fertilizer Study on Pili
4. Evaluation, Characterization and Conservation of Pili - IPGRI
5.Yield Response of Lakan 1 to Different Levels of Oganic Fertilizer
NCT on Rootcrops:
Regional Trial on Sweetpotato the study will test, evaluate
and recommend to NSIC promising cultivars of rootcrops for food,
feed and industrial purposes.
Regional Trial on Cassava to test, evaluate and recommend
to NSIC promising cultivars of rootcrops for food, feed and industrial
The station is also a venue
for trainings and Lakbay Aral of farmers and extension workers,
students from other regions. It also accepts On-the-Job-Training
of students and other institutions. It also provides technical
assistance to walk in clients.
The station also produces OPV
Corn seeds for distribution and also conducts trials on upland
rice varieties. It also embarked on seed production of adlai
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
BERNARDITA R. ORBASE
Station Center Chief
Tel. No. (052) 484-5590
visit our webpage www.bicol.da.gov.ph