PHILIPPINES: Rubber trees eyed vs. erosion in Davao town

"We are tapping the potential of rubber trees to mitigate our hilly terrain with additional income for our farmers,” said Magsaysay municipal agriculture officer Eugenio Tumuran Jr.

Tumuran said the program is a public-private sector partnership, with the Agriculture department providing technical assistance, the Trade and Industry department giving training on how to commercialize rubber trees, and Sagittarius Mines Inc. providing P200,000 worth of rubber tree seedlings and other farming implements.

Tumuran said they are targeting 3,553 hectares by 2016.

Source: Daily "The Philippine Star", Manila; 1 Feb 2013

(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)