Left photo: Ms. Yvonne Peralta, WWRRDEC Resource Speaker discussing packaging of bamboo for marketing online . Right photo: Demonstration on the techniques of packaging.

The Watershed and Water Resources Research, Development and Extension Center (WWRRDEC) of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) conducted a training on ornamental bamboo packaging and online product marketing for eight (8) members of the Societies Awareness on livelihood and Environmental Needs for Growth (SALENG) Inc. and six (6) employees of the Eco-Park and other units of the municipality of Mangkayan. The training was held in Mankayan Skills Development and Training Center, Mangkayan, Benguet on April 30, 2019.  It was done as one of the activities of the Green Livelihood Technology Project of the Center.

Mrs. Yvonne Peralta of WWRRDEC and a plant stall owner served as the resource speaker. She started her lecture with the propagation techniques of ornamental bamboos. The proper selection of planting materials is very critical in the production of quality planting materials. This includes the appropriate way of cutting branches and culms as planting stocks. Proper packaging for handy transport of products to entice buyers was also demonstrated. To take advantage on the advent of  social media, online selling is enticing. Tips on how the bamboo cuttings/products like pictures and how these images shall be posted online were then emphasized during the training.

Ms. Alma Domingo, one of the project implementors mentioned the different ornamental bamboos with high potential for marketing which include Fern Leaf Bamboo (Bambusa multiplex), Marbled Variegated Bamboo (Arundinaria marmoreal variegata), Pygmy Bamboo (Pleioblastus pygmaeus), Weaver Bamboo (Bambusa textillis gracillis), Yellow Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris),  Chinese Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea), Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra), Fish Pole Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) and Buddha’s Belly Bamboo (Bambusa ventricosa). The high prices of these bamboos lured the interests of the participants.

The training was highlighted with the distribution of different ornamental bamboo propagules to 14 participants as tokens. These shall be used as mother plants for reproduction in their own respective nurseries. Alma Domingo, WWRRDEC