PCA to disperse 82,000 dwarf coconuts to Region 4-A farmers

February 14, 2012 11:07 pm 

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Feb. 14 – A total of 82,000 seed nuts of dwarf coconuts have been sown for distribution to coco farmers in the Calabarzon provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) IV-A on Tuesday said.

PCA IV-A regional manager Joselito Alcantara said of the number, some 32,000 seed nuts have been germinated and are being readied for distribution to coco farmers in the five provinces starting this month up to March this year.

Alcantara said the distribution of dwarf coco seed nuts is in line with the agency’s upgraded coconut planting and replanting program using various improved varieties of dwarf coconuts to ensure reviving the flagging coconut industry in Southern Tagalog.

He revealed to newsmen that 52,000 seed nuts of dwarf coconuts were sown on the yards of the PCA regional nursery in Barangay Isabang in this city, and 30,000 seed nuts on a four-hectare seedfarm in Alaminos, Laguna.

Alcantara said the new and improved varieties of dwarf coconuts produce about four to five tons of copra per hectare per year, or about 15,000 to 20,000 nuts per hectare per year.

He noted an inventory of improved coconut varieties in two Quezon towns, specifically the coconut farmland owned by Conrado Lalunio of Barangay Matipunso in San Antonio, showed that 158 dwarf coconut trees produced 2,844 nuts per hectare, while the coco farm of farmer Ireneo Once of Barangay Lutucan in Sariaya municipality, produced some 1,140 nuts per hectare.

Alcantara said the improved varieties of dwarf coconuts, which include the Catigan green dwarf, Orgullo, Tacunan, Magtuod, Kapatagan, and Talisay, among others, measure about 15 to 20-foot tall, and take at least three to four years for their initial fruit bearing.

These coconut varieties are more resistant against cadang-cadang, an infestation that usually plague coconut plantations all over the country, he added.

The PCA regional manager described the dwarf coconut variety as “aromatic, with sweetish taste, has thick meat and has big oil recovery.”

To date, the PCA sells the new improved seedling varieties at P50 to recover investments, but assured that as soon as the incoming seed nuts are available, they will be distributed for free to coconut farmers in the five provinces of Calabarzon, he stressed. (PNA)



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