PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Locally sourced-out seeds needed for NGPby Alex A. Lumaque
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Jan. 5 (PIA) -- The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Capiz is planning to conduct an inventory of nurseries in the province, in view of the seedling requirement for the second year implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP).
“We want to know how we can locally source-out seedlings,” said NGP – Capiz coordinator Edwin Borja, adding that the program targets more than 1,000 hectares of upland and urban areas province-wide in 2012.
In 2011, the national government’s reforestation program planted seedlings to about 354.380 hectares of timberland out of 353 hectares target.
About 30 percent of the 177,190 seedlings planted were supplied by local seed growers. The locally sourced-out seedlings are of mahogany, rain tree as well as fruit tree variety.
Borja noted that there were interested seed growers who inquired from PENRO since the program was launched in the province on June 29 last year with a program and ceremonial tree planting at the Villareal Stadium here.
“This will be an opportunity to earn extra income as there is a high demand for seedlings in view of the NGP.
He also cited some problems encountered like damages in the seedlings due to transportation and distance factors, like what happened when a contractor from Batangas supplied the province’s seedling requirements, if the planting materials will come from other provinces.
Aside from timberlands, planting sites for this year will include plazas, school grounds and roadsides, among others.
The 2011 to 2016 greening efforts target to plant about 1.5 billion trees covering an estimated 1.5 million hectares of lands in public domain. (JCM/AAL/PIA 6 Capiz)