Po­ten­tial ar­eas for plant­ing rub­ber and ca­cao

Panay News - - OPINION -

THE

prov­inces of Com­postela Val­ley and Basi­lan have been iden­ti­fied as high po­ten­tial ar­eas for plant­ing rub­ber and ca­cao, re­spec­tively.

This de­vel­op­ment came fol­low­ing a study con­ducted by the Col­lege of Forestry and Nat­u­ral Re­sources and In­sti­tute of Re­new­able and Nat­u­ral Re­sources of the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Los Baños.

Com­postela Val­ley recorded 29.8 per­cent of the area that has high po­ten­tial for plant­ing rub­ber, fol­lowed by North Cota­bato with 20.8 per­cent.

Zam­boanga Sibugay, which cur­rently has 66,484 hectares of plan­ta­tion, has the largest area planted with rub­ber.

This is fol­lowed by North Cota­bato with 59,387 hectares of land planted with rub­ber.

Basi­lan also recorded 10.7 per­cent of the area that has high po­ten­tial for plant­ing ca­cao, fol­lowed by Davao Ori­en­tal with 10.1 per­cent.

At present, Davao Ori­en­tal recorded 6,920 hectares of ca­cao plan­ta­tion, which is the high­est to­tal area planted with ca­cao. Com­postela Val­ley fol­lows with 5,879 hectares of land planted with ca­cao. The study, “Geo­graphic In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem ( GIS)- based in­ven­tory and sus­tain­abil­ity for rub­ber and ca­cao in ma­jor pro­duc­tion ar­eas of the Philip­pines,” is funded by the Philip­pine Coun­cil for Agri­cul­ture, Aquatic and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Re­search and De­vel­op­ment of the De­part­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (DOST-PCAARRD).

The project aimed to de­velop a na­tional data­base on the lo­ca­tions of plan­ta­tions and pro­duc­tion and also iden­tify pos­si­ble ex­pan­sion ar­eas.

These ar­eas were iden­ti­fied through im­por­tant pa­ram­e­ters for habi­tat suit­abil­ity and niche modelling.

Specif­i­cally, the po­ten­tial ar­eas were iden­ti­fied by as­sess­ing the area’s rain­fall, tem­per­a­ture, slope, el­e­va­tion, land cover, and qual­ity of soil.

The project also equipped mem­bers of the lo­cal and na­tional gov­ern­ment agen­cies with knowl­edge and know-how in sus­tain­ing plan­ta­tions of rub­ber and ca­cao.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, key per­son­nel com­ing from the DOST-PCAARRD vis­ited two rub­ber project sites in Is­abela and Que­zon re­cently.

They con­ducted a field mon­i­tor­ing visit in Ech­ague, Is­abela and Tiaong, Que­zon to eval­u­ate the sta­tus and progress of the project.

They also co­or­di­nated with the project team to en­sure that its im­ple­men­ta­tion is run­ning smoothly.

The project ti­tled “Tech­nol­ogy Adap­ta­tion and Per­for­mance Trial of Rec­om­mended Rub­ber and Other Promis­ing Rub­ber Clones in the Philip­pines” is part of the pro­gram, “Na­tion­wide Clonal Adap­ta­tion and Per­for­mance Trial of Rec­om­mended Rub­ber and Other Promis­ing Rub­ber Clones in the Philip­pines.”

It is im­ple­mented by the Univer­sity of South­ern Min­danao, Is­abela State Univer­sity, Western Philip­pines Univer­sity, Western Min­danao State Univer­sity, South­ern Lu­zon State Univer­sity, Cen­tral Min­danao Univer­sity, and De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture-RFO 9 Re­search Divi­sion. The Pro­gram cov­ers Re­gions 2, 4-A, 4-B, 9, 10, and 12. By the end of its im­ple­men­ta­tion, it is ex­pected to iden­tify and rec­om­mend ad­di­tional high-yield­ing clones for NSIC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion suit­able to sites and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions in the Philip­pines and de­velop pre­ci­sion graft­ing tech­nol­ogy and prop­a­ga­tion tech­niques of these clones for rapid prop­a­ga­tion through in­no­va­tive tech­niques.

The pro­gram team will also in­no­vate root trainer tech­nique in pro­duc­ing qual­ity plant­ing ma­te­ri­als to has­ten ma­tu­rity pe­riod un­der nurs­ery con­di­tions; de­velop in­for­ma­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als, and con­duct cost and re­turn anal­y­sis to de­ter­mine fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity of the tech­nolo­gies. com/ PN)

(jaypeeyap@ymail.

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