City inks pact with DENR on bamboo plantation, agro-forestry-A A +A
Thursday, April 24, 2014
THE City Government of Cagayan de Oro through City Mayor Oscar Moreno entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last Monday with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Director Ruth Tawantawan, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) OIC Director Portia Lapitan, Pagatpat Barangay Chairman Achilles Jude Babaran, and Roel S. Gayla, President of Kulago Farmer’s Association (KFA), a Community-Based Forest Management People’s Organization (PO) in Barangay Pagatpat, for the establishment of a two-hectare bamboo plantation and utilization of agro-forestry technologies.
Under the agreement, KFA farmers will produce and supply engineered bamboo for furniture making purposes, which will be bought by Axent Resources Corp, a company based at Phividec Industrial Estate in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
On the other hand, DENR and ERDB will provide technical assistance to the farmers to ensure sustainability of the bamboo plantation project in Pagatpat.
Bamboo-processing machines worth P390,000 given by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Shared Service Facility Project were also turned over to the farmer's association.
For his part, City Mayor Oscar Moreno thanked DENR, DTI, and other partners, saying that the bamboo plantation project will not only mitigate the impact of environmental degradation, especially soil erosion along riverbanks, but will also provide a good opportunity for livelihood to the farmers in the area.
Other project recipients are people's organizations from barangays Balubal, FS Catanico, Bayanga, Tagpangi, and Dansolihon.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 24, 2014.