Mechanized Forest Nursery keeps the National Greening Program (NGP) on-track

The goal to augment the region’s forest cover is realistically attainable as DENR Region 2 ventured into a more efficient technique of seedling production. The state-of-the-art Modernized/Mechanized Forest Nursery aims to produce high quality seedlings for planting in the areas identified for reforestation through the NGP. The MMFN in Solana, Cagayan was visited last April 8, 2016 by the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) Project Monitoring Team composed of members from DILG, PIA, DBM and NEDA.  Forester Felix C. Taguba, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) for Cagayan, personally welcomed the monitoring team.

In his presentation, PENRO Taguba said that the project started in October 8, 2013 with a total cost of P34 million pesos and was completed and made operational early this year. Similar types were also constructed in NCR, Regions 5, 7 and 13, he added. “The mechanized nursery can produce about 12 million assorted forest tree seedlings annually” Forester Taguba said. He also added that for this year, the nursery aims to raise 5 million seedlings to be planted on NGP sites regionwide.

The five-hectare forest nursery has several facilities to cater the different stages of seedling production starting from the establishment of the seeder building, the propagation chamber, germination chamber, the growing area and until to the hardening area.

Forester Taguba informed the team that seeds were mainly supplied by DENR Central Office and collections in the region from carefully selected plus trees or superior trees.  Among the forest trees species sown are acacia manguim, gmelina, mahogany, rain tree, golden shower, anchoan dilaw, earpod, ipil-ipil, tindalo, Dipterocarp species, narra, banaba, fire tree, tamarind, coffee, and falcate.

“With this mechanized nursery, the target 5,179,800 for 2016 can be achieved”, said Forester Taguba. From this figure, 2.34 million will be allotted for the 2015 add-on areas, another 2.34 million for distribution and 499,800 for planting this year. Currently, about 800,000 seedlings were already produced. Planting will be done in fourth quarter of the year during rainy season to achieve a higher survival rate.  The project employs 47 male and female full-time laborers on seedling production.


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