PCA to give incentives to coconut farmers
by PS Mabaquiao
San Jose, Antique (19 February) -- Coconut farmers will soon receive incentives from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) for growing coco seed nuts and planting coconut trees under the National Coconut Participatory Planting and Replanting Project.
Merlyn S. Sales, Manager, PCA-Antique in an interview said that coconut farmers will get a total of P30.00 after planting coconut and ensuring its survival. One nut grown is equivalent to P5.00, after two months when its ready for planting, the office will again pay another P5.00 then after it is planted and have survive a year, the farmer will again received P20.00, she said.
The project is in line with the mission of the agency which is to promote the development of a globally competitive coconut and other palm oil industry that would contribute to food security, improved income and enhanced participation of stakeholders.
In the province, as of date PCA reported a total of 3,400 coco seed nuts laid on the ground were monitored and expected to reach the target of 100,000 nuts before the year ends. Sales expressed optimism to attain the target because of the support of the farmers, local government units and concerned agencies despite the fact that some farmers opted to make copra because of great demand and higher price.
More than 48,000 farmers are into coconut production in the province. A total of 21,447.20 hectares of land planted to coconuts covering 506 barangays with a total copra production of 16,252,429 kgs. in 2006.
Meanwhile, Sales reported that Antique remain Brontispa free but urged local government units, coconut farmers and other authorities to be vigilant to ensure said pest cannot harm the coconut industry in the province.
PCA encouraged farmers to participate in the coconut planting and replanting project to avail of the incentives of the government and for the development of coconut industry. (PIA) [top]