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DA North Cotabato supports SNPL for rubber plantation

by Rhodz Beņez

Koronadal City (29 June) -- The Planning Division of the Department of Agriculture in Cotabato province is keen on supporting the farmers in the province for the implementation of Plant Now Pay Later (SNPL) for rubber production program.

In an interview today, Cotabato Planning officer Engineer Arnolfo Villafuz said that their office had allocated P7 million for this year as a support for the said program.

The said program was also initiated by Cotabato Vice Governor Emmanuel Piņol last 2005 when he urged President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to spearhead the revival of the rubber industry in the country.

According to Piņol making rubber as one of the major crops would not only generate more jobs among farmers but will also give them bigger income compared to rice and corn farming.

Today almost all municipalities in the province of Cotabato benefited the long term program of the former governor.

Piņol said the program has called for the planting of 500 million rubber trees that would in turn generate 500,000 new jobs.

"We estimate to earn about $2 billion in earnings and generate P2.5 billion in local taxes every year from the rubber industry," Piņol pointed out.

A local farmer, he added, is expected to earn P100,000 per hectare annually from rubber alone.

"Right now we are introducing this new planting system called the two crop planting system wherein aside from the rubber ay magtatanim din ang farmer ng ibang crop to sustain him in case mababa ang presyo ng rubber," Piņol said.

He explained that since there is a shortage in worldwide rubber supply until 2020, the Philippine government must take advantage of this by making rubber as one of the major crops of the country. (PIA 12) [top]

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