North Cotabato now has ‘rubber clone’ nursery PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 March 2014 11:08

The provincial government of North Cotabato launched on Thursday a six-hectare nursery for budded rubber seedlings needed in converting selected areas into rubber production hubs.

The nursery, located at one side of the vast provincial capitol estate in Barangay Amas in Kidapawan City, started producing high-yield “PB260” rubber clones in November 2013.

The PB260 rubber clones are fast growing and can produce raw latex in just three years after planting compared to the six-year maturity period of older varieties.

Engr. Eliseo Mangliwan, provincial agriculturist, said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is helping bankroll the rubber nursery.

“Our provincial governor took a very bold, but vital step in partnering with the DENR to realize this nursery project,” Mangliwan said, referring to North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza.

He said Mendoza has actively been supporting programs and projects meant to improve the productivity of North Cotabato’s peasant communities.

“The objective of this facility is to improve in big proportion the quality of rubber planting materials in the province,” Mangliwan said.

The PB260 rubber clone has been proven to be more productive than the rest of the rubber varieties in the province.

Jack Sandique, owner of the Sandique Rubber Farms in North Cotabato’s Makilala, pioneered the propagation of the PB260 rubber clones in 2010.

The North Cotabato provincial government had planted PB260 in the nursery out of the initial tranche from the DENR’s allocation for the project.

Mendoza led Thursday’s launching of the nursery at the provincial capitol.

The event was graced by DENR’s regional director for Region 12, Saikol Tungko, the department’s forest management bureau head, Ricardo Calderon, and Jerome Barranco of the Office of Civil Defense in Central Mindanao.