Negor picks up challenge to boost bamboo supply
Oriental Negros is picking up the challenge of the bamboo producers and manufacturers in the country to increase the supply of bamboo in the province.
Vice Governor Jose Baldado said the northern part of the province, especially Manjuyod, had a huge number of bamboo plants before.
But this was destroyed when the area was converted into a sugarcane plantation. Baldado said he had foreseen the potential market of bamboo before but it was difficult to convince the farmers since they were earning bigger income from sugar cane farming.
He will encourage farmers to plant and preserve whatever is left of their existing bamboo plants, he said, but added that further information campaigns have to be conducted to inform the farmers, especially in the hinterland barangays, where bamboos are abundant.
Bamboos can be used for various products like furniture, accessories, fabrics, food and even beverages.
Chairman Frans Kleine Koerkamp of the Buglas Bamboo Institute told Baldado that, it is not yet too late for the province to start replanting bamboos.*MA