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2008/11/25

Municipal agriculturists challenged to plant abaca using new technology

By Erna Sy Gorne

Maasin City (25 November) -- A businessman coming from Lanao del Norte challenged the municipal agriculturists based in Southern Leyte particularly those located at the Pacific towns to plant 3,000 hectares of abaca using the new technology.

In a meeting this month, Congressman Roger G. Mercado initiated a business opportunity meeting between the local Municipal Agriculturists and businessman Albert Finnex, who hails from Southern Leyte but presently established his abaca enterprise at Lanao del Norte.

According to Finnex, in a recent research findings, abaca seedlings grown from seeds will not be contaminated by any disease especially from the abaca bunchy top. That his company has tried to plant abaca at his own area using the new technology, he added. He also disclosed that there are available planting materials for abaca seedlings that can be bought at Php0.50 per seed.

He even promised to share with them the latest stripping technology his company has been utilizing. He further said that his company's yearly requirement for abaca pulps is pegged to at least 60,000 tons.

Meanwhile, Congressman Mercado hopes that the province will be able to produce own agricultural products to include the revival of abaca production. He surmised that the more agricultural products the province could yield might need ships for its transportation to its market.

He also aspired that the province will produce own abaca seedling employing the new technology introduced by Finnex. (PIA Southern Leyte/esg) [top]

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