DENR-9 now producing indigenous and fruit tree seedlings for NGP PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 February 2013 11:04

PAGADIAN CITY — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-9 (DENR-9) has stepped up its production of  “quality indigenous and fruit tree seedlings”  to supply government agencies and private groups of individuals in their tree planting activities  under the  National Greening Program (NGP).

DENR-9 Regional Executive Director  Arleigh J. Adorable said  DENR-9 has engaged in the massive production of seedlings to support the NGP of President Benigno Aquino lll in the region.

Adorable said DENR-9 has  established a Regional Clonal Nursery and Ecological Research and Training Center (RCNERTC)  to produce  “quality indigenous and fruit tree seedlings” through clonal farming which is directly supervised by the Ecosystems Research Development Sector of DENR-9.

Cidur Julsadjiri, technology transfer division chief of the ecosystem research  and  development service (ERDS), said DENR-9 adopted the clonal farming system to address the expected quality seedlings  requirements  of  the region and   to boost the NGP program  of the national government.

Julsadjiri said DENR-9 has recorded last year some  3,443,294 tree seedlings that were  planted in at least 6,228.90 hectares  of denuded public forest or timber land and  denuded part of  protected areas in the region.

The figure he said is higher as compared to the previous year 2011 to only 4,804 hectares of public forest land were planted with 2,402,000 forest trees and  fruit trees.

This year, Julsadjiri  said DENR-9  has targeted to plant  50,000 seedlings  of quality indigenous and fruit trees, covering  some  21,000 hectares  of public forest denuded land which DENR-9 has identified.

For his part, DENR-9, ERDS Regional Technical Director Gil T Ona said the DENR-9 clonal farm is ready to supply an estimated 50,000  seedlings to  government agencies and private  group of individuals who wanted to go on  a tree planting activities anytime this year.

Dir Ona said by next year they hope to produce at least 80,000 quality seedlings per year for the program,  enough to meet the demand of seedlings for tree planting activities in the region.

He said  the  establishment of the regional clonal farm by DENR-9,  aimed to support  the need for quality seedlings by  government agencies who will undertake a tree planting activities  under the NGP of the  national government.

The clonal nursery has 13 hectares located at Baclay-Pulacan Reforestation Project in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, he said.

Ona added that the  facility  also serves as the regional center for the production, storage and disposition of quality planting materials and indigenous and premium forest trees and economically important non-timber forest species.

It also aims to provide avenues for trainings, conferences and symposia of  DENR-9 and its valued clients and  to served as a  model site for the conduct of verification and documentation of the production of various seedling species, Ona told newsmen here.

He described the site as  having a recovery sheds, potting sheds, laboratory and hardening beds coupled with abundant  of fresh   water supply, good drainage, moderately rolling terrain, and ample areas for expansion. — Nonoy E. Lacson