Bioethanol production booms in Negros Oriental
Dumaguete City (7 September) -- The Provincial Agriculture Office has already identified some 7,000 hectares of land in Tamlang Valley, Negros Oriental for bio-ethanol production.
The said area is part of the total 24,000 hectares of land being eyed for agricultural development in Tamlang Valley.
Provincial Agriculturist Gregorio Paltinca said the area that have already been planted in Tamlang have already benefited many local farmers in the area.
Asked about the support they give to the farmers for the said production, Paltinca said they have conducted inspections in relation to visibility study regarding the acidity of the soil, whether it is suitable for the production or not.
According to Paltinca, former 3rd District Rep. Herminio G. Teves plans to put up a bio- ethanol factory using sugarcane in Balastro, Siaton.
He said that as of now the road condition poses a problem for farmers because they cannot transport their products easily to nearby markets.
Nationwide, the Department of Agriculture (DA) have already validated a total of 60,250 hectares of new sugarcane areas that can produce a combined 274 million liters of bioethanol, more than enough to meet the requirement under the Biofuels Act on the blending of crop-based alternative fuels with gasoline by 2009.
DA Secretary Arthur Yap said these 60,250 hectares of potential sugarcane farms identified by the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) are on top of the existing sugarcane farms totaling 38,500 hectares that are more than sufficient to meet the country's sugar requirements. (PIA) [top]