"What if I skip the nursery and plant bamboo cuttings directly into my two-hectare land?" asked Estrella B. Aucena, 49, a farmer, in the recent bamboo training assisted by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-ERDB).


Aucena, also a board member of Alangan Farmers Producers Association, was among the 40 training participants capacitated on nursery and plantation technology in Limay, Bataan on March 6-7.

According to resource persons, cuttings can be directly planted in the holes but only two or three of them may survive per hectare. "The best planting materials of bamboo come from nurseries," they stressed.

Resource persons were Forester Jose Alan A. Castillo and Mr. Edgardo M. Castillo of ERDB, and Dr. Edmundo B. Baccay of Tarlac College of Agriculture.

Limay Mayor Lilvir B. Roque in his remarks said they have been exploring potential bamboo nursery sites in the town's upland areas.

Makakatulong ang kawayan sa pagbabalik-sigla ng ating kabundukan. Limay has power plants, refineries and factories that depend on highland's water supply and soil protection services, he added.

The activity was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry-Bataan under the Bataan Bamboo Industry Development Project of the government. Mheda G. Garcia, NGP-PQPM