12 million Seedlings at NGP sites in Agusan del Norte hang on dry months

BUTUAN CITY – About 12 million tree seedlings planted by the Peoples Organization in more than 2,212-hectare sites of the National Greening Program (NGP) since 2011 are weathering the dry months in the Northwest side of Agusan del Norte.


The absence of rain in some parts of the Caraga Region has affected a large area of agricultural crops leaving the different people’s organizations engaged in the National Greening Program (NGP) with less option but to take necessary measures to sustain robust the more than 12 million tree seedlings which they have planted since 2011. 


“The farmers are trying to save the seedlings from the scorch of the sun since February this year when the area has experienced dry weather” CENRO of Nasipit Forester Alejandra B. Boiser said. “There is likely less chance of rains until October this year”, she said.


She said eight (8) peoples organizations (POs) in Nasipit are putting all efforts in the maintenance and protection of the five-year-old tree seedlings in their respective NGP sites. She added that there are sites with withered seedlings that must be replaced, thus, plantation activities at NGP site will resume next year. CENRO Boiser said the DENR had been tied up to maintenance activities this year owing to the cut in the NGP budget.

 
“Those planted seedlings at the Taguibo Watershed in Barangay Anticala, Butuan City have high priority in maintenance since the Butuan Water District draws its supply for the consumption of the 337,000 city residents. We are closely monitoring it,” she said.

CENRO Boiser, however, gave assurance that the survival of seedlings planted in the NGP sites in watersheds has good chances because of high humidity and despite absence of rain waters.


“The tree farmers may be particular on keeping away the foraging animals from destroying young seedlings but remained to be on high alert of any possible spark in the forest that may trigger forest fire and destroy the seedlings,“ CENRO Boiser said. 


So far the areas allotted to NGP by CENRO Nasipit have been planted with 12,694,902 seedlings of fruit trees and indigenous seedings such as narra, lauan, apitong and other cash crops like coffee and cacao in different NGP sites in Buenavista, Nasipit, Carmen and Las Nieves since 2011.


There are 1,353,988 tree seedlings being maintained by the eight peoples organizations on 2,211 hectares of open production forest land at the Taguibo Watershed. “The trees in the watershed are important to the water supply of Butuan and its adjacent towns” CENRO Boiser said.  Six other organizations of Manobo cultural people in the area have been given a total budget of P 11,106,840 in the seedling production of 313,200 tree seedlings of different kinds of fruit and indigenous trees planted on the 393 hectares production forest lands in Anticala, Butuan City.

 

By: Herzon F. Gallego

 

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