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PIA Press Release
2008/07/09

Zubiri eyes Linamon as jatropha nursery site

Tubod, Lanao del Norte (9 July) -- To improve the agricultural productivity and economic conditions of Lanao del Norte, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri has identified the Municipality of Linamon as the site for a Jatropha nursey here in Northern Mindanao.

Speaking at the culmination rites of the 49th Araw ng Lanao del Norte, the senator announced that in partnership with provincial governor Khalid Quidranza Dimaporo, 500 hectares of prime agricultural land have already been tagged as a jatropha nursery in Linamon.

The LGU-led initiative will enable marginalized farmers to get jatropha seeds at a minimal price and will provide them with an expelling facility to extract the precious oil from the harvested seeds. The extracted oil can now be purchased by the provincial government or sold to a refining company. This would translate to added income for the local farmers and the LGU as well.

To fast-track the research and development of the biofuel program, a 15-million Renewable Energy Center is now being constructed at the UP Los Baños campus. This facility will be managed by Dean Liborio S. Cabanilla of the College of Economics and Management who will look into the business development aspect of the program.

For its part, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has developed the expeller machinery that will extract the oil from the jatropha seed. The PNOC Alternative Fuels Program is also experimenting with different varieties of the jatropha plant which can produce up to 45% oil.

The jatropha cake, a residue of the extraction process, is another potential source of income for farmers since this can be sold to NAPOCOR as an eco-friendly replacement for bunker and coal fuel.

The province of Lanao del Norte is also set to benefit financially through this program, as the LGU will earn "carbon credits" for every biofuel tree planted in its area. These carbon credits will be purchased by countries using fossil fuel at 20 euros per credit.

In the case of the province of Bukinon, which earned 70,000 carbon credits, the additional earning of 1.4 million euros will be used to improve its rural infrastructure and provide quality basic services to its constituents. (VNL / Provincial Information Office–Lanao del Norte) [top]

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