Name Tagum Agricultural Development Company Incorporated (TADECO, Inc.)
GGN 4052852670371 Website https://www.anflocor.com/
Country Philippines

Profile
Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (TADECO) is the flagship company of Anflo Group of Companies. For 47 years, the company has been the biggest producer of premium and export-grade Cavendish bananas in the Philippines, and considered one of the forerunners in the global market. From its total land area of 6,612.67 hectares, TADECO showed an increasing land productivity from 3,700 boxes/has/year up to 5,500 boxes/has/year with the same total land area. Since 2013, TADECO has been a GLOBALG.A.P. certified and constantly adheres to its values and standards.

 

Achievements

Water and Soil Management
Popularly known as Panama Disease, this lethal fungus disease is both a soil-borne and water-borne fungus. Thus the company must pay full attention to its soil and water management in order to prevent this banana disease from entering the plantation.
The threat of Panama Disease ceased the company’s use of its three adopted rivers within the plantation as its main source of water for irrigation. Its water resources are now acquired through underground water, which is utilized in the irrigation facilities installed throughout the plantation. Due to its very limited source of water, TADECO adopted a method called the Low-Flow Drip System in its irrigation system in order to maximize its resources. From a previous irrigation rate of 2-inches per week = 2-4 liters of water discharge rate per hour, its irrigation rate was reduced to 1.5-inches per week = flow rate of 1.1 liter per hour. This is a 33% water savings which can be used to irrigate other areas. The Water Recycling Facilities also became instrumental for the company to save its available water resources. From 94 liters per box of potable water used for washing, the company now only uses 5.5 liters per box. As a GLOBALG.A.P. certified banana producer, the GLOBALG.A.P. standards played a huge role in the company’s constant observance of good agricultural practices.

Furthermore, in the company’s will to preserve the environment and its natural resources essential for all, TADECO sustains its water resources through tree growing activities. Close to 60,000 trees were already planted. The preservation of natural water resources within and as well as the neighboring areas of the plantation is one advocacy that TADECO continues to uphold.

The company makes sure that it prevents soil erosions associated from its farming activities by way of planting Malibago (Hibiscus tiliaceus Linn.) trees in the riverbanks. Roughly 3.0 kilometers across the plantation were planted with it. As part of the company’s soil management, it employs a replanting method called Suksok/Siksik to rehabilitate its banana plants. Without necessary cutting off banana trees to plant new ones or new varieties in case of diseases, TADECO plants new banana plantlets beside the fruiting plant and will become the productive unit. This resulted in a continuous operation and saved the company from a 6-month cessation of production operation.



Talent for Agriculture, Women and Youth
We partnered with Dutch companies like Wageningen University, Clear Detections and Soil Cares, government agencies like the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Agriculture, and the Dutch government, other private institutions like Unifrutti and Dana Foundation, and established the Promo Banana project, which is instrumental in developing and adapting new technologies to sense soil nutrition and conduct fast detection of Fusarium Wilt. These combined talents for agriculture include the heads of our Research Laboratories who are led by the empowered Women of TADECO. Their skills and talents are beyond compare as they developed a method of detecting Fusarium Wilt in corm, soil, and pseudo stem in a very short span through an advanced technology using a Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) machine. Traditionally, from a 2-month detection processing period, Fusarium Wilt detection is now possible in 2 hours.

Along with these talents, TADECO produces the same skillful and empowered people through its Agri-Foreman Training Program. This program runs for months to train a potential pool of talents (dependents and rank-and-file employees) on good agricultural practices and to become future leaders of the company. In fact, the present Vice-President and Senior Assistant Vice President for Agriculture Production are alumni of this program.

We provide our youth, as early as now, inputs regarding Fusarium Wilt and other banana diseases, as well as agricultural practices through Career Guidance Activity and by hosting an Internship Program for them to harness their knowledge on banana farming. They are all readied and equipped with the same good agricultural practices that TADECO learned from GLOBALG.A.P. We also provide youth scholarships in Senior High and College Education through our Antonio O. Floirendo Foundation (AOFF) Scholarship Program, where roughly 100 of its recipients are now working in the company.

TADECO provides research assistance to youth, and allows them to utilize the company’s research facilities for their dissertations. In fact, the dissertation of one recipient, Mr. Judel Tabsing, entitled “Impatiens Balsamina leaf extract as Potential Fungicide against fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 causing Fusarium Wilt of Banana” won the 2013 Intel-International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel-ISEF), held at Phoenix Arizona, USA, as 4th Grand Winner.

Integration of Smallholders
TADECO also extends its capacity to control and manage Fusarium Wilt to its small and medium scale banana farmers through the Agro-Technology Outreach Program. This program, which was established in early 2018, provides laboratory services, in terms of nutrition, Fusarium Wilt detection, assay of pesticides for effective control of pests, and sale of tissue cultured banana plantlets to the banana growers who address their concerns in their farms and plantations. We also conduct information drives in our neighboring barangays and communities on the nature and threat of Fusarium Wilt to their individual farms. For one, the farmers and citizens of Brgy. Balagunan, Sto. Tomas were educated and provided with the same bio-security measures that TADECO is applying for Fusarium Wilt prevention. This resulted in saving their farms from a total wipe-out.

TADECO also shares its good agricultural practices with small banana farmers/growers by providing keynote speakers during seminar invitations from the Department of Agriculture and other government agencies. The company also encourages these farmers to adopt the good agricultural practices that it adheres from GLOBALG.A.P. Tadeco has also been modelled and benchmarked by other companies/small growers, where TADECO was invited to speak during the G.A.P. caravans organized by the Philippine government all over the country.

Achievements - Summary

  • In the recent threat posed by Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 (TR4), also known as Fusarium Wilt of Banana, to the Philippine Banana Industry, TADECO has immensely put up preventive measures in order to suppress the banana disease from killing the livelihood of the people. TADECO and its people were still able to produce a record-breaking production of 35.99 Million boxes in 2017, with the same total of land hectares, amidst the continuous challenge of Fusarium Wilt.
  • From 2-4 liters per hour of water discharge, TADECO reduced its irrigation rate to 1 liter per hour through its Low-Flow Drip System, resulting in 33% water savings which can be used to irrigate other areas.
  • From 94 liters per box of potable water used, the company now uses 5.5 liters per box through its Water Recycling Facilities.
  • Close to 60,000 trees were already planted and continuously monitored from its Tree Growing Program.
  • Prevention of soil erosion associated with its farming activities by way of planting Malibago (Hibiscus tiliaceus Linn.) trees in the riverbanks wherein roughly 3.0 kilometers were already planted across the plantation.
  • TADECO employs a replanting method called Suksok/Siksik to rehabilitate its banana plants with ongoing production operations. From its previous practice of total rehab, the company prevented a 6-month cessation of production.
  • Our plant pathology and tissue culture laboratories, which provide analyses and recommendations to manage and control Fusarium Wilt, are headed by our empowered and skilled women employees in. Women comprise 20% of the total workforce in the whole Research arm.
  • The TADECO Women from our research arm developed a fast detection method of Fusarium Wilt in corm, soil, and pseudo stem. Using an advanced technology in Qualitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR), Fusarium Wilt can be detected in just 2 hours, instead of the usual 2-month process in the detection of the pathogen.
  • TADECO conducts a career guidance activity and hosts an Internship Program for the youth, providing them with knowledge in banana farming and good agricultural practices. More than 1,100 students had been informed about career options.
  • Roughly 100 former AOFF scholars are employed and are already working in TADECO.
  • Mr. Judel Tabsing’s dissertation entitled “Impatiens Balsamina leaf extract as potential fungicide against fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense tropical race 4 causing Fusarium Wilt of Banana” won 4th Grand Prize in Intel-International Science and Engineering Fair at Phoenix Arizona, USA, which was conducted in TADECO’s research facilities.
  • Established Agro-Technology Outreach Program that benefits small and medium-scale banana farmers, by providing laboratory services that address their concerns in banana diseases especially in Fusarium Wilt. More than 20 farmers/groups have used the program services since its opening in March of this year.
  • Conducting information drive in its neighboring barangays regarding the nature and the great threat that Fusarium Wilt poses to the whole banana industry. This led to awareness of farmers and citizens on proper control and management of Fusarium Wilt, which saved their farms from total wipe-out. Roughly around 4,080 farmers in 17 barangays within Davao del Norte, and 660 farmers around the provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, and Davao Occidental were educated and informed during these conducted information drives.
  • Modelled our bio-security measures (Footbath and Tire Dip) on the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) to prevent the spread of Fusarium Wilt.
  • Our Tissue Culture Laboratory is the first BPI-accredited in the Philippines.
  • Implementation of the GLOBALG.A.P. Food Safety Control Points enables the company to also certify for HALAL Certification by a local certifying body and is the first in the Philippine banana industry.
  • TADECO is also the first company certified by the government as PhilGAP compliant.
  • TADECO’s Agri-Foreman Training Program has been continuously producing skilled and empowered men and women who are now employed in the company and are actively contributing to the overall operations. In fact, there are already 452 Agri-Foreman Trainees who have graduated from this program.