PENRO seeks planting of commodity base seedlings in Pangasinan

February 28, 2013 11:21 pm 

By Hilda Martin Austria


PENRO seeks planting of commodity base seedlings in Pangasinan

DAGUPAN CITY, Feb. 28 (PNA)— The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) is seeking the planting of commodity base plants such as coffee, cocoa, bamboo and fuel wood as among the variety of seedlings to be planted during the third year of implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP).

Leduina Co, chief of the Pangasinan PENRO said that aside from the usual indigenous plants they were planting for the last two years, some commodity base plants will be allocated with bigger planting area this year.

The target area, to be planted in Pangasinan under NGP III is 5,700 hectares. According to Co, coffee and cocoa seedlings will be allocated 400 hectares each.

Co revealed that this also in line with the memorandum of agreement signed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) with the Nestle Phils. last year.

“The two government agencies envisioned our country as a coffee and cocoa producing country that will supply the requirements of Nestle for its products”, Co said.

PENRO aims to plant fuel wood in about 3,000 hectares of land in the province.

Co admitted that charcoal remains to be an in-demand product in the province since a lot of families in the rural areas still depend on charcoal for cooking.

“To address the large demand of charcoal in the province, we thought of planting fuel woods so that the charcoal makers will not resort in cutting trees other than fuel woods which are the only legitimate wood for charcoal purposes.

PENRO said the biggest plantation of fuel woods in Pangasinan, which is roughly 200 hectares, is situated in Bolinao.

Moreover, the agency will also plant bamboos in some areas to fulfill the required quantity of bamboos as mandated by the Department of Education, that the 25% of furniture, tables and chairs of public schools should be made from engineered bamboos.

“The schools in the province could not actually comply because we are short in supply of bamboos”.

The PENRO allocated P24 million pesos on their budget for 2013 for the NGP alone.

“Some 12 teams were already conducting survey mapping and assessment in preparation for the planting season by last week of May or early June as the weather permits”, Co added. (PNA)



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