Rubber budwood nursery launched

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Monday, March 3, 2014


THE Provincial Government of North Cotabato formally launched last week its six-hectare National Rubber Budwood Nursery inside the Capitol grounds in Amas, Kidapawan City.

The project, worth P8 million, is funded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The nursery will be planted with the PB260 rubber clone seedlings.

Half of the total area was already nurturing since November 2013 with around 15,335 high quality rubber tree seedlings worth P2.4 million.

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North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza said PB260, which can yield latex or sap in just over three years, is a prolific rubber clone that will help solve issues confronting the rubber industry, such as low market price and low quality of rubber produce.

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

Eliseo M. Mangliwan, provincial agriculturist, said that as soon as the Provincial Government receives the remaining funds from the DENR, the Opag will directly proceed to the second half of the nursery and complete the planting of more than 30,000 PB260 rubber clones.

The Provincial Government initially bought and planted PB260 in the nursery out of the initial funds released by the DENR.

It is highly anticipated that the rubber budwood nursery will eventually become the source of quality budwoods for planting and propagation in the province.

Jack Sandique, owner of Sandique Rubber Farms based in Makilala, Cotabato, first planted the rubber clone in his plantation in 2010 and after a span of only three years, he was able to harvest latex instead of the regular six-year span.

Present during the launching were DENR-Soccsksargen Director Datu Saikol Tungko, DENR Forest Management Bureau director and National Greening Program Focal Person Ricardo Calderon, and Office of the Civil Defense-Soccsksargen Director Jerome B. Barranco.

Calderon, in his message, commended the Provincial Government of Cotabato for this "one of a kind" venture that seeks to elevate the condition of the rubber industry of the province.

He said the DENR is not just impressed of what the Provincial Capitol has done out of its budwood nursery but was totally appreciative of the positive output it will bring to rubber farmers, tappers and producers as well in no time.

He also said that a worthy project such as this deserves the full support of government agencies like the DENR.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 04, 2014.

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