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Tobacco leaf extracts emulsion test in Balaoan

RESEARCH specialists from the Product Development Division of the Industrial Research Department (PDD-IRD) monitored the field testing of Tobacco Leaf Extract Emulsion (TLEE) in Barangay Apatut, Balaoan La Union on the first week of July.

Nelly U. Castro, Supervising Science Research Specialist (now head of Farm Technology Development Division of the Farm Technology and Services Department) and Rosita J. Alcoy, Science Research Specialist I, inspected the performance of eggplants applied with tobacco extract.

The tobacco extract was applied to the eggplant farm of farmer Reynaldo M. Obillo of Barangay Apatut.

During the visitation, the PDD-IRD research specialists observed that eggplants applied with the tobacco extract were free from aphids and other insects except stem borers which were seen to be present on the young shoots. "The field testing of the leaf extract is not yet over as it will be tried again on the next phase," Castro said.

The tobacco leaf extract, a byproduct of tobacco leaves, is being used to control insect pests. It is being tested by the NTA as a control measure for sucking insects because of its organic nature, thus it can be a good substitute for harmful chemicals or lessen the use of inorganic chemicals.

La Union Branch Chief Agriculturist Emma Beth B. Fantastico; Christopher Supang, TPRO III; OIC Area 1 Supervisor Potenciano H. Apilado; Candido I. Liangao, Agriculturist I; Ruby A. Dacanay, TPRO I; Paulino B. Abenojar, Agriculturist 1; and Rosito O. Gambito, TPRO I joined the PDD-IRD team in the farm inspection. (Candido I. Liangao)