DA to introduce planting as source of income to farmers
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the Department of Agriculture Department of Agriculture (DA) is planning to introduce bamboo planting in some provinces as another source of income to farmers across the country.
This, after he saw that Philippine Bamboo or Kawayan is proving to be a virtual gold mine for the rural poor in the different towns of Iloilo Province.
“The planting of bamboos could be introduced in these communities not only to address flooding and soil erosion but to provide good income to rural folks,” Piñol said.
“Actually, people have been telling me about the potentials of bamboo farming but I did not realise its full potentials are a source of income for rural poor until I saw the Maasin, Iloilo bamboo factory,” he added.
According to him, what he saw in Iloilo gave him an idea on what to do in other parts of the country, especially in communities near river banks threatened by floods and soil erosion.
As of now, there is is a multi-million facility in Iloilo that turns green bamboo into millions of chopsticks, barbecue sticks and toothpicks every month.
The chopsticks are delivered to Chinese restaurants in Metro Manila, the barbecue sticks go to Mang Inasal while the toothpicks are a hit in all restaurants because of the quality of the bamboo.
Green bamboos are bought for P60 per pole and the price gives good income to farmers because bamboos are very resilient and they grow fast especially in river banks.