Gov. Akbar embarks on rubber planting program PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 September 2011 16:57

The provincial government of Basilan under the stewardship of Gov. Jum Akbar is embarking on rubber propagation program aimed to increase its production in the province.

Akbar said they have established rubber tree nursery to produce the needed seedlings to be planted in the different parts of the province.
Akbar said the seedlings will be distributed for free to rubber farmers as well as those farmers who intends to grow rubber for a living aside from the usual crops they plant.

The program is aimed to regain Basilan’s past glory being one of the major producers of good quality rubber in the region, Akbar said.

Basilan’s agriculture profile showed that the rubber industry in the province ranks second to coconut in terms of land area and volume of production.

As per indicative data, there are 9,742 individual farmers in Basilan province who had concentrated in rubber plantation.

Around 15,503 hectares are planted to rubber, of which 7,148 hectares or 47.49 percent were planted by individual farmers while 7,905 hectares are owned by members of the cooperatives within the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs).

Akbar said the program also to replace the old rubber trees which are no longer productive.

Meanwhile, Akbar said they are also giving free polybags to farmers who are progating rubber but lack supply of polybags.