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- Published on Monday, 15 June 2015 15:47
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CLONAL NURSERIES produce high quality planting materials which are essential to ensure a successful NGP implementation nationwide.
More than 400,000 of quality planting materials were raised by seven State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Region 6 in support to the National Greening Program’s (NGP) implementation.
The Biodiversity, Coastal, Wetlands and Ecotourism Research Center (BCWERC) worked hand in hand with Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U), formerly the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST), Central Philippine State University (CPSU), West Visayas State University (WVSU), Aklan State University (ASU), Capiz State University (CapSU), University of Antique (UA) and the Guimaras State College (GSC).
A recent update on the status of production of high quality planting materials of the SUCs in the region revealed that they were able to produce a total of 458,130 seedlings and wildlings in 2014.
“Congratulations! You were able to attain your 2014 target of 60,000 seedlings and wildlings – all quality planting materials of indigenous and premium species which greatly ensure the success of NGP implementation in the region. I now challenge you to do the same and produce 20,000 clone seedlings,” Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, OIC-Head of BWERC Region 7, said as she posed the challenge to SUCs.
A greater part of a successful implementation of the NGP lies in the production of quality planting materials. Thus, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through the BCWERC tapped the support of SUCs in producing high quality planting materials that could weather pests and diseases, even typhoons.
“There is a need for us to plant more indigenous and premium species if we want our NGP implementation in the region to succeed. Our indigenous species are resilient to pests and diseases thus, there is less worry they cannot reach maturity and die. They will grow taller and stronger and are typhoon-resilient too,” DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna said.
Aside from raising high quality planting materials, the seven SUCs have also finished building their clonal nurseries and will soon be fully operational. A clonal nursery is where “cloned” seedlings are raised and reproduced.
A clone seedling is the exact copy of the original individual tree and is usually taken from its “mother” tree to ensure it is of high quality.
The clonal nurseries of the SUCs are located in the following areas: Leon, Iloilo (ISAT-U), Kabankalan, Negros Occidental (CPSU), Inca, Lambunao (WVSU), Banga, Aklan (ASU), Burias, Mambusao, Capiz (CapSU), Hamtic, Antique (UA) and Baterna, San Lorenzo (GSC).
Aklan State University will host the next NGP-Production of Quality Planting Materials (PQPM) Meeting Discussion which was scheduled in August 4-8, 2015. The team of SUCs members, executive officials of the Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), all partner SUCs nationwide and DENR top officials will attend this important meeting that will have an impact on this year’s NGP implementation.