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Vol. XXVI, 4th Quarter
October – December 2008

 


Best method to grow bamban

NOW, THERE ARE more means to propagate “Bamban”

“Bamban” (Donax cannaeformis)

is one of the substitutes for rattan which lately has been decreasing in supply. It is an acceptable material in the handicraft industry, especially for its unique characteristic of lending an antique look to finished products.

Bamban is not only known for its commercial value. The fleshy portion of its fruit can be eaten raw. Moreover, the stem is used by an indigenous called Abyans to scare snakes like ‘tagbak.’ Juice from its crushed roots is likewise used to cure ‘an-an’ and other fungi.

However, increased demand of bamban and unavailability of plantations to meet this demand is threatening the supply of bamban.

 

bambanA PCARRD-funded study determind the best planting method for bamban and found that it could be planted as seed, wildling, and rootstock. Wildlings were found to survive better than rootstocks. The study also showed that macerated seeds of bamban germinate faster than the nonmacerated seeds. Being macerated means the outer pulp (of the seed or fruit) is removed before drying under the sun. Findings of the study could help bamban growers to use the best and quickest way to grow bamban for maximum economic returns.