CEBU, September 24 (PIA) --- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-7) earmarked nearly P80M to establish the first-ever mechanized seedling nursery facility in Central Visayas.
DENR-7 regional executive director Dr. Isabelo Montejo said, this is the largest among the five nurseries in the country when it comes to producing or generating superior quality seedlings under the national greening program (NGP).
"The facility uses series of equipment for bagging, seeding, hardening and other related activities. This is something different from the conventional manner of growing seedlings considering the magnitude of seedlings to be generated in a year to address the tree planting and growing activity.” Montejo added.
The nursery will be put up within the 9.3-hectare lot in Barangay Banban, Ayungon, Negros Oriental that will start in October.
Owing to the huge volume of seedlings to be produced, DENR-7 and Ayungon LGU signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on September 3.
“We are very proud that Central Visayas particularly Negros Oriental, was chosen to be one of the pilot areas in the country to have this kind of mechanized nursery and with this, we can be assured of faster and quality production of our seedlings,” Montejo said.
The mechanized nursery is set to produce and accommodate 15 to 20 million seedlings every six months which guarantees at least 40 million seedlings in a year.
Other pilot areas in the country chosen for mechanized nursery establishment include the National Capital Region, regions 5 and 13, and the DENR Central Office.
Under the Executive Order No. 26, the NGP is to be carried out in the following lands of the public domain: forestlands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, urban areas, and abandoned mine.
Montejo concluded that this is a government’s blueprint for poverty reduction, food security, biodiversity conservation, environmental stability and climate mitigation and adaptation. (mbcn/JSME/PIA7-Cebu with reports from DENR-7)