Total Reforestation for Economic and Ecological Sustainability Consortium

Cultivating seeds of the future

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The low access of farmers to better quality seeds and animal stock partly explains the low productivity of Philippine farms. For this reason, FPD through its Total Reforestation for Economic and Ecological Sustainability (TREES) Consortium is initiating the establishment of seedling banks in strategic areas in the country.

FPD anticipated each seedling bank to have specialized seed varities and genetic lines for plants and animals which may be purchased by farmers. Working as a network in the country, a referral system shall be formed to make these seeds and animal lines available to anyone who needs it.

As an initial step, FPD has started the development of the Negros Oriental Seedlings Bank in Tanjay, as part of the CBTC projects in the province. It now produces seedlings for mangoes, guapple, coffee, dwarf coconuts, forage crops, and other trees species. FPD also established a breeding module for native pigs that are reputed to be best for lechon, Likewise native chickens are also grown in the CBTC.