Farmers engaged in bamboo production were the latest to receive machinery from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) under its Shared Service Facility (SSF) program, a ranking official said on Tuesday.
Brigida Pili, provincial director of DTI-Nueva Ecija, said the machines that are expected to boost production of school desks and other materials from bamboo were formally turned over to Pamayanang Nagkakaisa Producers Cooperative (PNPC) based in this town.
The machines include pole cutters, twin rip saw, treatment vat, kiln dryer, jointer planer, thickness planer, dust collector, laminating press with pneumatic cylinder, single spindle moulder, arm saw, band saw, circular saw with sliding table, bench drill, wide belt sander, air compressor with spray gun, universal sharpener for circular saw, and grinder for planer knives.
“We recognized the need to improve bamboo products because the trend is into it. We have to preserve our forest and utilize bamboo as alternative,” she said.
Pili maintained that SSF aims at providing small and medium enterprises, especially farmers’ cooperatives, capability to improve their products and be more competitive.
The agency also helps them widen their market.
Besides home furnishing, PNPC also produces bamboo node for bamboo slats which are being used in engineered bamboo desks, bamboo panels, among others.
Pili said the PNPC is expected to make use of the machines to further generate employment among townsfolk and uplift its members’ lives.