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PIA Press Release
2010/03/24

PCA distributes salt for coconut fertilization

San Jose, Antique (24 March) -- The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) distributes bags of salt intended for coconut fertilization.

Merlyn S. Teodoro, Manager, PCA Antique in an interview said that the salt fertilization is a drought mitigating measure undertaken to ensure production target/ supply of coconut products next year will not be affected.

The effect of long dry spell in coconuts will be felt next year, so PCA has distributed 6,090 bags of salt which will be used for fertilization during the onset of rainy season, said Teodoro.

Sunny days, according to the source have a positive effect to coconut farmers since drying and transport of copra will be easier. The price of copra ranges from P12.00-P14.00 per kilo.

Meanwhile, the Participatory Coconut Planting Program which started way back in 2008 has already planted and grown 59,667 seed nuts with equivalent incentive of P954,672 while 78,875 more seeds are being grown in backyards and nurseries. PCA has released P684,068.00 for phase 1 of the program- nursery phase.

The program is giving incentives to farmers for every seednut grown and planted. PCA encouraged farmers to plant more coconuts to boost food security, alternative fuel, constructions and other crafts.

With the emergence of modern technologies, food products made of coco fruit have flourished, coco lumber and coconut shingles are in demand, prices of cooking oil have gone up, the more reason there' s a need to campaign for more farmers to engaged in coconut plantation.

On the other hand, PCA also reported infestation of brontispa in boundary areas of Libertad and Aklan but not of alarming proportions. Control measures were already undertaken to prevent the spread of the bug. (PIA/PSM) [top]

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