Environmental Technical Services and Research Programs
Sampling for Composite Analysis of Canetrash at La Carlota City , Negros Occ.
Equipment Scoping, Assessment of Performance and Parts Turn Over
Coupled with the study on the opera-tion of the biomass collection equipment, was the monitoring of the parts damage, use and turn over and effects on the sugarcane fields which impacts directly on farmer acceptability of the technology. Re-ports were periodically prepared to cap-ture the situations that negatively affected the equipment and the sugarcane field. These were submitted for discussion and analysis to improve the overall operation and maintenance of the collection unit as well as to address farmer acceptability of the collection system.
Coupled with the collection machin-ery and to complete the logistical system, equipment for processing, consolidation, drying and handling were scoped, specifi-cations consolidated and reported for anal-ysis and selection by technical consult-ants. Assessments were conducted through internet research, attendance to fora and actual site visits .
Equipment for consideration was to pass adaptability to the local farming and logistical situations.
Biomass Assessment and Supply Chain Plan Development (Phase II) - Development of a Supplemental Fuel Supply Chain
After the previous years initiatives on investigations on which equipment would be appropriate for the collection of sugarcane trash, a suitable implement has been identified that will meet the need for the efficient collection of cane trash and the conservation of the sugarcane field’s soil productivity. The wagon trailer deemed applicable, was further investigated for its field performance, product output, operational and logistical costs and systems.
Farmer acceptability was assessed and shown to be positive. The collection and sale of cane trash shall redound to an additional income for cane farmers of no less than Php3,750 per hectare, partially dis-placing costs for fertilizer. On a wider scale, every 1000 hectares of cane trash harvested could contribute to Php3.75 million of funds flowing into the local economy.
A simple information system for the management of data from the wagon studies was created and in-stalled for ease of analysis.
Biomass Assessment and Supply Chain Plan Development for Prospective Biomass Power Plant
This project has three objectives which are: to determine volume and location of existing biomass (trees, grass, agricultural residues) within the economic distance of operation; to serve as one of the bases in determining size of energy crop plantation to develop; to develop strategic and operation plans on fuel supply chain and logistics. Results from activities of this project shall form the basis for the management of the fuel of the proposed biomass power plant to be located other strategic areas in the Philippines.
Introduction of Aquaponics, a workshop
The activity had GENESYS acting as the secretariat for the San Carlos leg of the caravan of Aquaponics experts to various locals in the Philippines. The activity introduced the technology of aquaponics which merges hydrophonics , cultivation of plants in a water medium, and aquaculture, the cultivation of aquatic species. Participants came from a cross section of the agricultural, local government and academe not only in San Carlos but also including Bacolod and Iloilo. A lecture as well as a hands on demonstration of setting up a aquaponics system was experienced by the over 60 participants.
Development of the Supplemental Fuel Supply Chain of San Carlos Bioenergy Inc,
The project entailed that GENESYS be the professional manager of the supplemental biomass fuel supply of the San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. ensuring the cost effective, timely supply and volume of biomass fuel to support the efficient operation of the bioethanol facility and the reliable production of electric power. By collaboration with SCBI management, the most cost efficient, adequate and environmentally sustainable supply of biomass fuel shall be determined. Through the exercise of flexibility, resourcefulness, promptness and above all integrity, the bioenergy facility’s adaptations towards operational efficiency and economic sustainability and profitability shall be supported.
Timber Stand Improvement ( TSI ) of Gamboa Hermanos Multi-Purpose Cooperative Inc.
The project consists of the silvicultural assessment and management of the thinning of the standing stock of Gmelina and Mahogany trees at the agroforestry area of the Cooperative. Suitable trees are processed into lumber grade flitches and wastes from thinning and cutting are separated as woody biomass fuel wood for the San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. bioethanol facility. An area of approximately 55 hectares is currently under thinning.
GENESYS Foundation, Inc. was tapped by Gamboa Hermanos Farm Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GHFWMPC) to manage the Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) of its Mahogany and Gmelina stand in their agroforestry area. The conduct of TSI in the agroforestry area of GHI is long overdue. The plantation was established about fifteen (15) years ago. No TSI treatments were conducted since the establishment. Density of the plantation (i.e. 2m x 2m and 1m x 1m) is geared to pulpwood and fuelwood. The thinning operation that was conducted in 2007 was initially meant to favor the growth of potential crop trees in order t produce lumber quality timber. However, residual trees that were left after the thinning yielded trees with poor form and size particularly the Gmelinas. Additionally, management decision prompted to redirect the objective of the Gmelina plantation from timber production to fuelwood production to support the supplemental fuel requirements of the ethanol plant of San Carlos Bioenergy, Inc.
1.- Canetrash samples were collected in strategic location all over Negros to get various results in terms of composite analysis based on fertilizer applied,, different soil types, also is considered and how the sugarcane farmers utilize their canetrash to cash during harvest or land preparation. 2.-In helping the community, job openings were offered for qualified residents / workers. Technical trainings like handling tractors were provided for the opening of biomass powerplant. 3.- Introduction of round baler to the landowners / sugarcane planters for maximum volume and collection of trash from the field. On the other side,, landowners, with idle farms were encourage to utilize their area by planting trees and in the long run will have additional income from their farm or proceeds.. 4. - Forester Noel Tolentino checking on the stocking of fuelwood from trimmings of Gemilina plantation managed by GENESYS Foundation in Brgy Palampas, San Carlos City, Neg,Occ.