The provincial government of Negros Occidental is continuing to boost the bamboo industry of the province by providing planting materials to interested growers, Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said.
Masculino said his office will assist those who are interested to grow bamboo as the province has varieties, through cuttings, they can avail of for free. He added that they will also give technical assistance to the growers.
Only last week, personnel of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist went through training on bamboo production to familiarize themselves with the crop, he said.
He also said that after the Department of Agriculture has upgraded the status of the Philippine bamboo into a high-value crop, he hopes that more Negrenses will venture into the industry.
There is a huge demand for bamboo in the province, but it is low in supply, he said.
He also said bamboo is not the main crop for most Negrenses since it would take years to harvest them.
“But they can do intercropping with commodities, such as turmeric, ginger, and other short-term crops,” he added.
“Hopefully, we can boost our bamboo industry following the direction of the DA. In the province, we identified bamboo as one of the crops for diversification,” he said.
He stressed that there is a need to emphasize that there is money in bamboo since it has many uses. “It can be used as materials for housing, furniture, and crafts,” he added.
Meanwhile, Masculino said the province has a facility for bamboo treatment, split, and dry at the Bamboo Innovation Center at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.*
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