Farmers trained on bamboo lamination

Five clusters of people’s organization based in Maasin, Iloilo benefited from the recently concluded on field hands on training in the usage of the newly-acquired mechanical press for the production of different bamboo woven products, specifically the laminated coasters and panel boards.

Entitled “Production and Marketing of Bamboo Woven Products: Enhancing on Business Enterprise through Technomart in Maasin, Iloilo,” the project was funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARD) supported by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources VI – Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS) under the project leadership of Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, Regional Technical Director for Research.

Fifty farmers from Daja Association for Environmental Protection (DAEP), Bolo Environmental Association, Dagami Association for Watershed Protection (DAWP), Buntalan Association for Livelihood and Environmental Protection and the Albay Sariling Sikap Association - under the umbrella organization of Katilingban sang Pumuluyo nga Naga Atipan sa Watershed sang Maasin, or KAPAWA – underwent training using the new technology to expedite production of bamboo woven products.

The training was conducted at the newly-constructed common service facility in Brgy. Dagami, Maasin, Iloilo. It was facilitated by ERDS Senior Science Research Specialist Neil G. Gigare and Research Asst. I Jon Alfonso “Jono” P. Horvidalla, from the proper use of equipment to processing of products.

The one-day activity allowed the participant-beneficiaries to explore new ideas to improve their craft. This ongoing project of PCAARD and DENR VI is seen to improve the quality of bamboo woven products in the market.

Prior to the start of the training, the farmer-beneficiaries also visited the Tinukib Pasalubong Center where several bamboo woven products were displayed in order to broaden their line and creativity on bamboo./

Tinukib Pasalubong Center

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