MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, May 4 (PIA) - The provincial government of Southern Leyte launched the "One Man, One Tree in every Household" restore greening movement campaign by growing rambutan fruit trees across the province.

According to Agricultural Technician Ma. Luz Gaviola, provincial coordinator for High Valued Crops Development Program (HVCDP) of the Provincial Agricultural Services Office (PAgSO)

during the Cable TV Provincial Report , Tuesday, April 28, " no less than Provincial Governor Roger Mercado led in the distribution of rambutan grafted seedlings in the municipality of Padre Burgos launching of the restore greening movement, symbolic of the provincewide planting of rambutan fruit trees in the next four years."

There were 700 grafted seedling of rambutan fruit tree distributed in Padre Burgos last Monday, April 27, she reported.

She further disclosed the following distributions schedules with their corresponding grafted seedlings to be planted: April 30 – Limasawa, 400; May 8 – Maasin City, 5,200; and May 11 – Macrohon, 1,700.

The movement targets to enjoin 89,000 households, as per PSA Household survey in 2010, in the province of Southern Leyte to plant one rambutan tree in either at the front, sides or backyards near their homes, for the first batch choosen households to plant this year, Gaviola explained.

She disclosed that every year 25,000 grafted rambutan seedlings are targetted to be planted within four years throughout the province.

"The provincial government has appropriated the amount of P3Million for this tree planting activity to include the procurement of grafted seedlings," Gaviola said.

Gaviola noted that the rambutan tree is expected to bear fruits in two to three years. Off season, the price of rambutan fruit is pegged at P 80.00 per kilo but, during harvesting season, the price is lower at p20.00 to P40.00 per kilo in the market."

The local government units are the partners of this greening movement as they will be responsible to choose the households who can join in the planting depending on their availability of lots to be planted with one rambutan fruit tree. (esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)