PCA delivers a thousand Tacunan dwarf coco seedlings to SamarCoco
By Ninfa B Quirante
Catbalogan, Samar (11 November) -- The regional office of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) delivered a thousand Tacunan dwarf coco seedlings to SamarCoco yesterday, Nov. 10, 2010.
PCA Samar chief Emiberto Acasio said that this variety grows only some two meters high and yield fruit in five-year time.
Commercially, each coco seedling costs some P 45.00 but businessman Engr Julio Co, shelled out the money to pay PCA.
These will be transplanted in a coco farm owned by Co.
Meanwhile, the partnership of Engr Julio Co, owner of Samar Coco with PCA has inspired coconut farmers in Calbayog and neighboring environs to work hard.
Samar Coco has established a coconut nursery in Calbayog City for PCA's utilization.
Since its establishment five years ago, Samar Coco has worked closely with PCA in the venture.
In the past, Co was concerned with the dwindling coconut supply which was needed in his factory, Co consulted Meinard Montano, a PCA employee who submitted a proposal t o the businessman.
According to Provincial Coconut Development Manager Emiberto Acasio, Co did not think twice in funding the nursery and laboratory.
Coconut farmers can seek technical assistance from the nursery and some coconut seedlings for free on occasions.
With the objective of reviving the ailing industry, the private citizen put up some P 2 M for the coco nursery, earwig lab and a PCA satellite office in Calbayog City.
In Samar, a total of 10,273,440 coco trees are planted but only 7,624,101 are considered bearing; leaving some 2,649,339 as non-bearing with senile trees numbering 977,767.
Samar has some 58,248 coconut farmers.
As the partnership progresses, PCA is confident that coconut farmers will continue to cooperate with Samar Coco and PCA to be able to get the quality nuts that the industry needs.
PCA is still calling for the LGUs support to help the small coconut farmers in an effort to increase their production and eventually improve their quality of life. (PIA-Samar) [top]