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Philippines: Increasing vegetable production with low-cost greenhouses

Low-cost greenhouses made from indigenous materials are being tapped by vegetable farmers in northern Mindanao to increase vegetable production and the farmers’ income.

In a P4.2-million program, the Regional Field Unit 10 (RFU-10) of the Agriculture department, through the High Value Commercial Crops Program, turned over 14 units of Rainshelters to Northern Mindanao Vegetable Producers’ Association (NorminVeggies) on Oct. 14.

Rainshelters were conceptualized as an alternative to greenhouses made from indigenous and more cost-efficient materials like bamboo, lumber and ultraviolet-treated plastic roofing.

The greenhouse, an effective infrastructure for growing high-value commercial crops like lettuce, broccoli and bell pepper that grow in a semi-temperate climate, is usually made of glass walls and roof.

Greenhouses, are expensive to operate, said NorminVeggies President Marcelino Remotigue. Thus, NorminVeggies thought of Rainshelters as a spinoff of greenhouses.

Mr. Remotigue said that the protective covering of Rainshelters increased the recovery rate of the crops after extreme climate condition and lowers the cost of production.

The Agriculture department projects an 11% increase in production value of vegetables from P14.3 billion recorded last year, data from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics show.


Publication date: 10/29/2009


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