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NCPC in collaboration with Syngenta Philippines and PMCP Foundation Inc.
conducted a 3-day virtual training on mango last March 2-4. The training was
designed to train the Syngenta Asia Pacific members on mango production and pest
management. More than 150 trainees from Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia,
Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam attended
the event.

At the first part of the training, Dr. Calixto M. Protacio discussed the cultural practices
in mango production in different countries. Subsequently, the various diseases in
mango and their management were discussed comprehensively by Ms. Melissa P.
Montecalvo. For two days, the major insect pests found in mango and their
management were discussed by entomologists Ms. Beverly Mae N. Dela Cruz, Dr.
Celia DR. Medina, Dr. Gorgonio M. Quimio, and Ms. Jena Joy G. Apolinario. At the
last part of the training, insecticide resistance management, pests of quarantine
importance, pesticide residues and risk management, and post-harvest management
were discussed by Dr. Bonifacio F. Cayabyab, Dr. Susan May F. Calumpang, and
Dr. Elda B. Esguerra.

Before the training program ended, the trainees had an interactive learning
assessment which was facilitated by Dr. Kee Fui Kon of Syngenta. Results of the
pre-test and post-test evaluation show that the all trainees increased their knowledge
on mango production and pest management.

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