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Plant Resources or Vegetation in the Philippines
Transcript of Plant Resources or Vegetation in the Philippines
The vegetation of Philippines is very rich and diverse. A major portion of the country is covered with tropical forests. You will see varieties of vines, epiphytes, climbers and so on. Flowering plants including ferns and orchids grow in large number in the forests of Philippines.
Plants which are cultivated for industrial purposes include the sugar cane, rice, corn, coconut, banana, pineapple, coffee, mango and tobacco.
The forest here, usually called limestone forest, is dominated by the molave tree, which tends to grow in the few pockets of deep soil, with clumps of bamboo and small leguminous trees occupying much of the remaining land.
The diversity of plants here is low, but but those that are present tend to be highly restricted, unique species that provide habitat for a unique set of butterflies and other insects.
Coconut Water And By-Products
The Coconut water and coconut by-products industry is another strong exporting opportunity for the country. The coconut water industry has experienced a massive leap in sales reaching up to 300% increase compared to the total exports in the same period last 2011. The US has continued to be our top buyer, 2 US beverage companies are now eyeing major investments in the healthy drink business. In my opinion, creating our own brand would greatly benefit the country by promoting our trademark instead of just being a supplier.
vegetation - plants considered collectively, esp. those found in a particular area or habitat.
Rice is the most important crop in the country. Rice ranks irst in importance for food security in all regions of the
country. Rice is used in traditional food preparations, native delicacies and production of traditional wine. Rice has also
social importance as it is used as ofering in religious rituals and festivals.
In the Philippines, corn chiely supplements and substitutes for rice in areas and periods of rice scarcity. Locally grown
corn is used mainly for two purposes, as animal feed and as human staple. There is a strong association of kernel color
with use, i.e. yellow corn is used predominantly as animal feed, while corn when used as human staple usually has
The primary importance of sugarcane is mainly economic as one of the principal agricultural export of the country. It is
also important in the food security in areas where it is chiely grown (Ilocos region, Southern Luzon, Negros, Iloilo, Tarlac).
Banana is the most important fruit in the Filipino diet. Banana is important primarily in food security in all regions of the
country. Banana is also used in the preparations of snack foods, vinegar, catsup, bakery products, wine, delicacies, and
other traditional foods.
Products from Manila hemp are important for different reasons depending on use. The primary importance of Manila
hemp is economic, being the main source of livelihood in areas where it is cultivated. It has no importance for food
security since it is a non-food commodity.
Mango is an important fruit in the Philippines because of its high demand both in the local and foreign markets. Mango
is used locally as fresh fruit, as beverage in the form of puree and mango juice, and in bakery products.