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Sustainable Thatching Materials Production Form Nipa in Bohol, Philippines

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Authors
Carandang, Myrna G.; Camacho, Leni D.; Carandang, Antonio P.; Camacho, Sofronio C.; Gevaa, Dixon T.; Rebugio, Lucrecio L.; Youn, Yeo-Chang
Issue Date
2009
Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Citation
Forest Science and Technology, vol.5(1), pp. 17-22
Keywords
Mangrove plamnipa productionsustainable tactching materialsgrowth and yield
Abstract
Nipa (Nypa fruticans), a true mangrove palm is one of the valued resources in the
coastal areas of the Philippines. It has numerous economic uses, such as: production
of sap for wine and vinegar, and the use of its leaves as thatching materials
for rural houses, green sheds, rest cottages and other small buildings, among
others. However, its production and utilization practices vary greatly from area to
area. This study examines the production practices and yield of nipa in the province
of Bohol, Philippines. The study shows that nipa is more utilized for shingles
production other than any other uses. A mature nipa plantation can have an average
of 17,233 mature plants per ha. These plants are capable of producing an average
of 51,148 shingles per year. On a per site class basis, the potential production
is 80,233, 52,964 and 32,243 shingles for good, average and poor sites, respectively.
The study also indicates that long harvest cycles of nipa increase the percentage
of wastage due to over maturing of fronds. Shorter harvest cycles yield
higher mature fronds that facilitate the growth of juvenile fronds due to reduced
competition for space among the nipa leaves. At least 2 to 3 juvenile fronds are
left per plant during harvests and based on fronds reproduction, a 3-month harvest
cycle would be best for nipa stands. This would enable frequent cleaning and
release of maturing fronds from competition for space and would also prevent
over maturing of fronds.
ISSN
2158-0103
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/81282
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1080/21580103.2008.9656343
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