RISE
Volume 14 No. 1 - Paraiso (Melia azedarach Linn.)/Sibukao (Caesalpinia sappan L.)
This issue features two important tree species - Paraiso and Sibukao. Paraiso (Melia azedarach L.) is a multipurpose species which is not as popular as its two closely-related species, the Bagalunga and the Neem tree, but the PENRO Office in Siquijor has discovered its beauty and importance as an ornamental. The tree is appreciated for its dense foliage and showy tiny purple fragrant flowers.
Aside from being an ornamental species, Paraiso has economic potentials. The different parts of the tree, its wood, leaves and seeds have various uses from agricultural, medicinal, construction and many others. Plant growers or plant lovers could propagate this species as an additional source of income.
Sibukao (Caesalpinia sappan) on the other hand, is one of the best fuelwood species which is gaining popularity in the Visayas. It is claimed to be at par or even better than the once popular Ipil-ipil (Leucaena leucocephala Lam. De wit). Growing Sibukao is a good investment considering that the maintenance of natural plantations needs minimal or no cost at all. Because of its many uses, marketing this species is not a problem. In the Visayas, Sibukao is even more saleable than Ipil-ipil. Moreover the demand for fuelwood is expected to increase in the coming years, thus, there is a need to establish plantations particularly on fuelwood species. With this information, we enjoin farmers to plant the species for fuelwood production.
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