Community-Based Bamboo Nursery and Propagation at Barangay Maputi, San Isidro, Davao Oriental

Abstract


This Community-based livelihood project is year-long extension project of Forestry Department, College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) of the University of Southeastern Philippines,Tagum-Mabini Campus implemented from January-December 2018. This project is located at Barangay Maputi, San Isidro, Davao Oriental at the foot of Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary. The project beneficiaries are twenty-five (25) pilot members of People’s Organization, Nagkahiusang Kristohanong Mang uuma (NAKRISMA). The project has two components, namely: bamboo nursery establishment and bamboo propagation. Participatory approach at the grassroots level and science-based technology were employed as methodology. Emperical evidences and field experiences show that participatory approach is best suited to cultural preferences. Key beneficiaries (25 target beneficiaries), students of Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Masters in Forestry, Faculty members, CARS Extension Coordinator, Extension Director, Vice President for Research Development and Extension, and University President were actively involved in this project. Science-based technology approach have provided the most reliable and practical help in achieving the project’s objective. An improvised rooting chamber and as well as bamboo nursery using indigenous materials were established. Locally sourced bamboo culms as planting materials were treated with 10 parts per million (ppm) of Alpha-nathlene acetic rooting hormone diluted in rainwater. The result shows 98% survival of sown bamboo cutting materials.



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