Agriculture and forestry crossover in the Philippines

Thursday, May 28, 2015

An article in the Sun Star, Philippines discusses how attitudes towards tree planting in agriculture systems have changed since the mid 1990s.

Benedicto Q Sanchez explains how back then he was chastised by government foresters for encouraging the planting of fruit and coffee trees in community forests instead of promoting exotic tree species. But “much has changed since then,” he writes. The Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reported planting 547,795 coffee trees in 875.58 hectares.

Forestry is crossing over to agriculture, says Sanchez, using the example of non-timber forest products (such as rattan, forest fruits, resins and medicinal plants) which, while being extracted from forests, support rural livelihoods and provide a strong incentive for involvement in forest conservation. The Department of Agriculture is recognizing this, especially through its support for apiculture for producing honey and also helping to sustain orchard fruit production.

Read the full story: Sanchez: Crossovers