Environmental Technical Services and Research Programs
Trial run in collecting canetrash utilizing a square baler machine at Hacienda Vasconia , San Carlos City, Neg.Occ.
Conducted Research Part II ( in collaboration with Biomass Resources Inc ( BRI ) on environment friendly sugarcane farming practices such as utilization of raw vinasse and the use of Sulfur coated Nitrogen and Potassium fertilizer to replace inorganic fertilizer to improved sugarcane production.
Increasing commitment to R&D and innovation to improve the production of Negros sugarcane farmer/s.
GENESYS embarks on the opportunity to provide technical services to farmers in the field of sugarcane and energy crop plantation in support to biomass supply chain with Biomass Resources Incorporated (BRI), a leading agricultural provider of biomass supply chain knowledge and management systems for biomass-based industries in the Philippines.As observed over the years, productivity of sugarcane farms in San Carlos City hinges on the fertility of soils and inputs of the farmers.This challenge prompted GENESYS with the support of BRI to set aside a field at Hacienda Euzkara, San Carlos City for the trial propagation of sunn hemp (Crotalaria Juncea) and use of sulfur-coated urea which has been initiated in 2013 until 2014.
The use of sulfur-coated urea was the first trial project implemented in December 2013, able to supply adequate and controlled amounts of nitrogen (N) to sugarcane crops in San Carlos fields particularly in Hacienda Euzkara for several months of growth that results in higher yield and reduced cost of farming. This project ran a course of 11 months from December 2013 up to 2015.
Biomass Study for South Negros BioPower Project ( SNBP ) with collaborative effort with Biomass Resources Inc.(BRI).
The ensuing report details a biomass assessment in terms of available biomass, its quantity and type. The total available, collectible biomass was assessed including its geographical distribution and distance to the proposed plant. In summary, there are 900,000 tonnes per annum of recoverable cane trash residue from an available resource of 1.5 million tonnes within 40 kms of the site. This fuel source provides over 4 times the annual fuel requirement of the plant. Adding the other source of recoverable fuel from within the 40kms radius of the site generates total recoverable fuel supply of *1m+ on a cane trash equivalent energy basis, or over *5+ times the annual fuel requirements of the plant. All the detailed information collected will be used as inputs to the final fuel mix and to the overall planning on fuel collection, handling and logistics. The study will also help determine the fleet of equipment to purchase during the course of the operation. Furthermore the various biomass assessed, such as sugarcane, coconut, corn and rice residues shows the potential participation of farmers to gain added income from their agricultural wastes and still participate in the development and operation of renewable power generating plants.
Formation and Training and Assistance for ECP Survey Team under Fuel Supply Division Team.
With the financial closure of the San Carlos Biopower Inc. , GENESYS participated in the organization of the Energy Crop Plantation (ECP) Department so that farmer engagement into the ECP program could ensue. Staff were oriented and trained on the necessary skills and information to be used in scoping for interested farmers and securing the various documents needed to forge an ECP agreement. The ECP program was echoed to Barangays and communities in Barangays Palampas, Punao, Guadalupe and Prosperidad, all within the strategic zone to supply biomass to the plant. These start up initiatives resulted to the establishment of at least 18.32 hectares of ECP farms benefitting 4 farmers.
GENESYS also participated in the organization of the Fuel Supply Division survey team. Staff where oriented and trained in the proper approach to sugarcane farmers to elicit their interest in having their farms included in the databank. The survey form and system was polished to ensure the exactness of the information gleaned from the field. The local government units of the cities of Sagay, Cadiz, Bais and the municipalities of Calatrava, Toboso, Guihulngan were tapped for additional listing of potential farms . An initial survey of 35 farmers covering 2500 hectares of sugarcane farmland was recorded into the databank for the period of this report. More ECP and sugarcane farmers and their farms are set to be added to the data base next year , building up from where we left off this year. On applied research, studies on the yields of sugarcane fields, Arundo donax and napier grass where continued, tracking the performance of the latter two over time. Results of these studies are to form the framework for the establishment protocols that farmers would adopt in participating either as cane trash sources or energy crop suppliers
1. - Square baler machine was the first equipment used in canetrash research on volume , moisture content and system collection of canetrash. 2. - Research team together with Dr. Cu, the sugarcane consultant showing the plantation applied with vinasse ( a final byproduct of biomass distillation mainly from ethanol production from a nearby plant 3. - ECP Survey team together with farm workers attending discussion and demo on land preparation and planting of seedlings conducted by our Community Development Officer and IEC Specialist , Ms Janice Marinas. 4.- One on one interview with interested upland farmer as part of the Information , Education and Communications campaign for biomass supply.