In the early 1990s, FFTC launched the first project to transfer Taiwan’s advanced technology on HLB management to Vietnam in order to rehabilitate the devastated citrus industry in this country. Since then, the project has been expanded to various Asian countries. The HLB disease has been still devastating major citrus industry in the ASPAC region , and currently becom es serious threat to the citrus industry in the Philippines.
In this project, the primary emphasis is placed on the establishment of PF citrus foundation and nursery system , and concurrently technological transfer of innovative indexing techniques of the HLB disease in the Philippine s . Technological transfer for the health management of PF seedlings replanted in the orchards is a key technique for the successful rehabilitation of the citrus industry.
Objectives for Year 3:
December 2013, FFTC consultant for citrus health management Professor Hong-Ji Su was scheduled to conduct a training on “Indexing Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) and Virus Diseases and Health Management of Citrus Orchards with Pathogen Free Citrus Seedlings” in the Philippines.
Professor Su was also scheduled to visit Baguio, Los Baños and Davao City to oversee the research work and laboratory experiments on citrus done by the Philippines’ DA-BPI staff