The CPU College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Sciences (CPUCARES) together with the CPU College of Agriculture Alumni Foundation, Inc. (CPUCAAFI) and the Farm Systems International Organization (FSI Org) co-sponsored a seminar on Production, Processing and Utilization of Balunggay (Moringa oleifera) last January 14, 2011 at the CPUCARES Seminar Room. Topics covered included Improved Horticultural Crop Management Practices for Sustainable Moringa Production by Dr. Manuel C. Palada; CPU Moringa Project: Evaluation of Moringa Varieties for Horticultural Traits by Prof. Hope G. Patricio; and Utilization and Processing of Moringa by Ms. Shyla Cabaluna and Mr. Tim Arandela.
Dr. Palada is a retired vegetable scientist from the AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center and presently a visiting professor of CPUCARES and CEO of FSI Org, Ms. Cabaluna is Consultant and Trainor on Herbal Plants while Mr. Arandela is the proprietor of T&M Wellness Enterprises and the current President of CPUCAAFI.
The seminar was attended by 59 participants who came from government and non-government organizations, local government units, academe, and private individuals among others. The purpose of this activity was to disseminate information on the various uses, production, processing and utilization of balunggay, a commonly grown tree vegetable in the country. (Hope G. Patricio, RAC Representative, Central Philippine University)