By Estrella Z. Gallardo
The high demand for Gmelina arborea for furniture industry showing shortage in its supply is being experienced in Region 2.
The implementation of Executive Order (EO) No. 23, also known as Logging Moratorium, restricts the cutting of trees in the primary and secondary forests which further diminished the existing supply of Gmelina, prompted the industry to find other ways to source raw materials other than from forests.
To address this predicament, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD), funded a three-year project titled, “S&T Community-based Farm (STCBF) project on Gmelina”.
Gmelina, Known as a fast-growing Industrial Tree Plantation Species (ITPS), can serve as a sole source of raw materials for the furniture industry in Cagayan Valley.
STCBF is a modality developed by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD).
STCBF aims to increase the income of Gmelina upland farmers in Isabela by increasing productivity and contributing to environmental services through adoption of Science and Technology outputs of various institutions.
DOST-PCAARRD continues to demonstrate its commitment to push for continuous economic growth through S&T interventions, which include site-specific nutrient management, use of genetically superior planting materials, use of Indigenous Microorganisms (IMOs), mycorrhiza technology, intercropping, and application of silvicultural treatments.
Implementation of these interventions would increase the quality and quantity of trees to be harvested, increase the income of farmers in Gmelina Model Farms of Isabela, and contribute to environmental services in the Region (PPCI).