PCA replants 1.75 million coco seedlings in Yolanda-hit farms

December 16, 2014 6:21 am 

TACLOBAN CITY, Dec. 15 -– The Philippine Coconut Authority reported that 1.75 million coconut seedlings have been planted to replace coconut trees damaged by super typhoon "Yolanda" last year.

The number accounts for 67 percent of the 2.6 million seedlings distributed as of end of November, said PCA regional manager Edilberto Nierva. The government has been spending an average of P200 to plant every single seed.

“Replanting is slower than expected because we need five to six months to produce planting materials. However, we have to continue reviving the industry because the demand will never decline as population grows,” Nierva said.

To enhance regeneration of standing coconut trees, the PCA has distributed 35,000 bags of complete fertilizer applied to more than half million trees.

While waiting for coconut trees to bear nuts, the government provided 146,365 packs of assorted vegetable seeds, 424,500 sweet potato cuttings, 10,089 sacks of corn seeds, 24,322 bean seeds, and 1.6 million cassava cuttings.

The post-Yolanda comprehensive rehabilitation and recovery plan recently approved by President Benigno C. Aquino III has set aside P10.5 billion for the coconut sector in the Visayas. Of the amount, P8.8 billion is intended for Eastern Visayas.

The fresh funding is on top of the P1.6 billion for the region from the P2.8 billion allocated by the national government this year for the rehabilitation of Yolanda-hit coconut farms. (PNA)

LAP/SARWELL Q. MENIANO/SSC

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