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Coco beetle infestation fully contained by end 2007, PCA says

Tacloban City (September 9) -- Coco beetle or Brontispa Longissima Gestro, a destructive nuctornal beetle that has infested close to 100,000 coconut trees in 23 provinces of the Philippines is expected to be fully contained by the end of 2007.

This is an encouraging news especially to the coconut farmers who are currently suffering the effects of the tiny but destructive nuctornal beetle.

The Philippine Coconut Authority Central Office has mobilized the field personnel of the Philippine Coconut Authority nationwide, in answer to the call of Agriculture Secretary Arturo Yap for the containment and eradication of the destructive beetle which was introduced into the country only in recent years.

Despite lack of funds, the PCA assured that it has the technology and the manpower to contain and eradicate the coconut pest.

The PCA has come up with the final solution to the containment and eradication of the Brontispa problem. The solution is solidly anchored on three components which are results of research and actual observations and field experiences.

One is by biological control using an endemic black earwig which offers natural, sustainable and ultimate solution.

The other method is mechanical control which is immediate and direct method of reducing beetle populations.

Then there is the chemical control which is massive and an effective remedial measure that will allow recovery of severely damaged trees.

The combination of biological, mechanical and chemical controls is being applied. In fact, more than 32,000 or 33% of the infested trees were already treated in barely three weeks of operation. The combined strategy is expected to fully contain the infestation by the end of the year. (PIA 8) [top]

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