The seedling nursery survey on Leyte Island, the Philippines

Gregorio, Nestor, Harrison, Steve and Herbohn, John (2010) The seedling nursery survey on Leyte Island, the Philippines. Annals of Tropical Research, 32 2: 1-14.

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Author Gregorio, Nestor
Harrison, Steve
Herbohn, John
Title The seedling nursery survey on Leyte Island, the Philippines
Journal name Annals of Tropical Research
ISSN 0116-0710
Publication date 2010-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Place of publication Baybay City, Leyte Province, Philippines
Publisher Visayas State College of Agriculture
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Private and government nurseries in the Philippines are not delivering high quality planting materials of a wide species base for smallholder forestry, tree farming and reforestation programs in the country. A project supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has been conducted to improve the operational effectiveness of the forest nursery sector in the Philippines. Surveys involving personal interviews of nursery operators, observations of the nursery design and facilities and assessment of seedling quality have been undertaken in Leyte (reported in this paper) and in Mindanao to provide baseline information for designing possible interventions. The Leyte study revealed that the low operational effectiveness of forest nurseries is a result of a combination of social, economic, technical and political factors. The majority of private nurseries are managed by resourceconstrained smallholders with little access to high quality seedling production technologies. Seedling production, both in private and government nurseries, is largely quantity-oriented and the pathway of high quality germplasm is not well developed. Government nurseries operate to provide free seedlings but this scheme results in crowding out the small-scale private nurseries, reducing the operational effectiveness of the private nursery sector. It appears that improving the operational effectiveness of the forest nursery sector in the Philippines requires policy changes to re-organize the operation of private and government nurseries and to strengthen the implementation of existing policies regulating the quality of planting stock from the forest nursery sector.
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