The bamboo industry development program group in Negros Occidental will conduct a survey next year to look into the volume of production vis a vis its usage to determine if the province is within target for production of engineered bamboo as included in the plan.
While the provincial government had allocated and made efforts in the construction of bamboo nursery plants in Tabunan, Bago City, Panaad Park and SitioTambara in Talisay City, production for mature bamboo will still not suffice for the need of processing.
Jose Maria Amugod, project development officer at the Provincial Economic Development and Investment Center (PEDIC), said thatthough they have already tackled the three strategic components for bamboo such as production, processing, and market development and promotion, it is in production where they have to concentrate more.
“Existing production has existing usage and we have to find out if there are available volumes for processing”, he said.
PEDIC is proposing another P4 million budget for next year's expansion and development of the Bamboo Innovation Center in Panaad Park, on top of the P4million allocation last year, with the construction of nursery and plantations in the mentioned areas.
The plantation in Tabunan has a planting capacity of 10,000 a year and it's not enough for the targeted 600,000 plants for area expansion. This year alone, 3,000 seedlings were planted by private individuals and LGUs for the programthat forms part of the 10,000 seedlings in the nursery.
Amugod said the provincial government hasalso given assistance of P200,000 and P100,000 to Sagay and Hinobaan, respectively for the area expansion.
The survey aims to determine the precise record of production and its local usage. “We have to know how much goes to thefurniture industry, to building materials, to handicrafts, and even to the food industry”, he said, adding that sustainable volume is needed when we are about to invite investors for engineered bamboo products.
Amugodalso said that aside from the P4million from the provincial government, they are also tapping the Department of Science and Technology for P1 million as assistance for equipment such as bamboo splitter, plainer, twin ripsaw and laminating press.
“While we may be short in the production for materials, we have already laid down trainings for processing and marketing. All we have to do is to concentrate on production expansion and wait for it to be harvested and processed in the coming years”, he said.*MAX N. MACAHILO
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