Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DENR-ERDS conducts bamboo technology field day in Maasin, Iloilo

The Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 6 held a "Technology Field Day" at the Common Service Facilities (CSF) in Brgy. Daja, Maasin, Iloilo last March 19, 2015. The activity was conducted in line with two PCAARRD-funded projects entitled,     "Enhancing Bamboo Production in Maasin, Iloilo: An S&T Community-Based Farm (STBCF) Approach" and "Production and Marketing of Bamboo Woven Products: Enhancing on Business Enterprise Through Techno Mart in Maasin, Iloilo." The main objective of the activity was to showcase successful application of STCBF interventions in improving productivity and increasing income of bamboo farmers and manufacturers in Maasin, Iloilo. It also aimed to enhance the awareness of future adopters such as farmers, entrepreneurs, and other clients of the importance of utilizing appropriate production methods, management know-how and processing technologies. Lastly the activity aimed to fast track the mobility of bamboo products from Maasin to various markets in Wstern Visayas in partnership with government and business sectors.

The activity was attended by project leaders from PCAARRD, DENR-ERDS and representatives from WESVARRDEC, Department of Agriculture, Philippine Information Agency, Iloilo Chamber of Commerce as well as bamboo project beneficiaries and partners composed of 5 clusters  groups from Brgy. Abay, Brgy. Bolo, Brgy. Daja, Brgy. Dagami and Brgy. Buntalan. The 5 cluster groups are composed of 10 members each and have the responsibility as project implementers and partners.     

After the opening program, the participants engaged in a technology forum where a demonstration of nursery establishment and bamboo potted propagules production was featured. Other topics covered by the technology forum include bamboo rehabilitation, post harvest/treatment, bamboo weaving, bamboo lamination and production of coasters and panel boards. In the afternoon, a field tour/exhibit 
was conducted in Brgy. Daja and four other barangays. 

Colorful woven and laminated bamboo coasters 

Bamboo dye vat

Mr. German Allesa gives demo on nursery establishment and bamboo potted  propagules production 

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