In a meeting of the Small & Medium Development Council (SMEDC) recently, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) presented the Philippine Bamboo Foundation Inc. (PBFI) which has three bamboo nurseries in the province due to the growing demands of bamboo nationwide and in the global market.
PBFI Visayas Region senior project director Herbie Teodoro said some 400,000 bamboo propagules are now produced in a Dauin nursery and in the garden centers in Bayawan City and Vallehermoso town in Negros Oriental.
The province has bamboo varieties that are available and abundant and these plants grow fast and can be harvested in three years, said Teodoro.
He assured the SMEDC that his company will support for financing and technical if and when organized farmers' groups decide to invest in the commercial farm production of bamboos.
It was noted that export potentials for bamboo-based products in global markets remained strong in the country, Teodoro added.
According to PBFI there are around 1,500 uses of bamboo. It is used extensively for soil and water conservation technologies, suitable in disaster situations, protects against soil erosion, landslides, among others.(www.ugnayan.com)