Local farmers to benefit from DA-Mackay Green Energy partnership in banagrass production

  • May 17, 2017
  • Dominic I. Sanchez

By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY, May 17 (PIA) – The recent Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing between the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office IX and Mackay Green Energy (MGE) Incorporated held on May 15 promises to help farmers especially in far flung communities in enhancing their livelihood through the production of banagrass.

Mafae Yunon Belasco, Public Relations and Marketing Director of MGE Inc. said, “the process will be like this: We will provide the samplings and the fertilizers to the local farmers and when harvest season arrives, which is about every four months, we will also buy the produce from them.”

“We will make sure that the plantation of banagrass will not rival with the land being used in rice production and other local crops. There are tons of fields especially in far flung areas that are not used and we will make sure to utilize that,” Melba Wee, Officer-in-Charge Assistant Regional Director of DA IX added.

According to Ron Grow, Chief Operations Officer of Mackay Energy Incorporated, there is a high demand for BanaGrass all over the globe and they chose the Philippines because its climate is well suited for BanaGrass production. The plantation is being carefully planned in partnership with the Department of Agriculture.

BanaGrass is a hybrid of Pennisetum Purpureum and Pennisetum Americanum and can produce Biomass Fuel, High Grade Animal Feed Stock, Charcoal, Green Coal, Bio Coal and Bio-Chemicals. (ALT/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City with reports from Kimberly Yusay, OJT)

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