PGMA inspects backyard Jatropha farm in GenSan City
GENERAL SANTOS CITY - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inspected
today a backyard or community-based jatropha plantation here to
showcase the potential of jatropha as the foremost feedstock for
biodiesel under the government's alternative fuels program.
The President arrived 10 a.m. in Sitio Lanton, Barangay Apopong here
at the plantation of the family of Datu Sabel Utap, a partner grower
of the Philippine National Oil Company-Alternative Fuels Corporation
(PNOC AFC) which was mandated to accelerate the utilization and
commercialization of alternative fuels in the country.
Welcoming the President were some 300 farmer/growers and local
officials led by City Mayor Pedro Acharon Jr., City Lone District Rep.
Darlene Antonino and Barangay Apopong Chairman Ruel Pacquiao, younger
brother of people's champ Manny pacquiao.
The President was briefed by PNOC AFC Chairman Renato Velasco on the
status of jatropha production in the SocSKSarGen area.
She was informed that some 411 hectares were already planted to
jatropha in SocSKSarGen; 140.57 hectares in GenSan; 238.36 hectares in
Sarangani; 17 hectares in South Cotabato and 15 hectares in Sultan
Jatropha planters now earn some P35 per kilo of jatropha seeds in the
sub-region which can still open up hundreds of thousands of
non-agricultural lands for jatropha production.