DENR promotes backyard seedling production as alternative livelihood
by Oliver T. Baccay
Philippine Information Agency
TUGUEGARAO CITY, October 26 (PIA) — To introduce alternative livelihood and to ensure enough seedlings for the national greening program, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office has encouraged unemployed individuals to engage in backyard seedling production.
Forester Henry Patricio, Nueva Vizcaya environment officer, said seedling production is good source of income which needs very minimal financial capital but may give income as high as 25,000 pesos a month.
In Nueva Vizcaya, he shared that a seedling growing association organized in Diadi town was lauded of its best practices in seedling production along the shoulder of the road which was identified as roadside seedling entrepreneurs.
“This association was the first of its kind nationwide that is why this is adopted as best practices. Their productions reach as far as other regions in Luzon,” he said.
Patricio stated that the seedling production of private seedling growers and the DENR is not enough to fulfill the billion trees aim of the government’s national greening program considering the large area identified as planting sites of the NGP and the mortality rate of those planted already.
Regional Technical Director Wilfredo Malvar of DENR region 2 also committed technical support to willing individuals or groups to engage in seedling productions.
“We are committed to asset technically to those who are willing to engage in seedling production. They can just approach our office or at the provinces for us to extend technical support to them,” Malvar said.
He further stated that they will propose to the Regional Development Council (RDC) to craft a policy to ensure that the fund of DENR to procure seedling for the NGP will be shared to the private seedling producers.
Malvar also stated that they will introduce to the seedling growers the technology of producing quality and fast growing seeds. (TCB/OTB/PIA-2)
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