DENR mechanized nursery is set to operate next year

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol revealed that a mechanized nursery will soon supplement the bulk of seedling production, which will be utilized by the region for its forest rehabilitation efforts under the National Greening Program (NGP). 

DENR Bicol Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales said the mechanized nursery being constructed in the 2.1-hectare facility in Brgy. Sooc, Lupi, Camarines Sur will be producing 26 million seedlings for 2015 enough to supply the greening target of the Region as well as a portion of Region 4-A 

"The mechanized nursery is set to fast track seedling production to augment the tree planting and seedling growing activities of the DENR” Gonzales said. 

“Given the seedling production capacity, the mechanized nursery can produce at least 200 seedlings an hour, and for 2015, we are targeting to produce an estimated 26 million seedlings, to which from the aggregate number, 16.8 million will be allocated for DENR Bicol and 5.6 million for Region 4A” RD Gonzales added. 

Forestry experts posit that mechanized nursery would put prime on quantity as well as quality seedling production, the unconventional way of speeding up seedling production and generating high-quality saplings would strengthen reforestation efforts under the NGP that set to be completed in 2016.

Engr. Raymond Sipin, head of the Project Management Unit reported that the Sooc mechanized nursery is nearly completed with at least 87% work accomplishment as of October 2014. 

He said the facility will operate in March 2015 or as soon as all the machineries and facilities are completed.

Press Release: December 17, 2014