‘Ruby’ leaves slight damage to coco industry in Eastern Visayas

December 17, 2014 10:53 pm 

PALO, Leyte, Dec. 17 –- Damages incurred by the coconut industry from typhoon Ruby is only minimal, but government will provide immediate interventions to ensure recovery, an official of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) said.

PCA regional manager Edilberto Nierva said unlike trees destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda last year, most trees affected by the recent disaster have higher chances of recovery.

The typhoon has damaged 5.45 million coconut trees with 4.23 million in Eastern Samar where typhoon Ruby made its first landfall.

Other provinces also reported slight to moderate damages – Leyte (890,289 trees), Northern Samar (242,851 trees) and Samar (83,000 trees).

Categorized as no chances of recovery are 215,688 trees uprooted or sheared by typhoon Ruby’s powerful winds. The recent calamity has affected the livelihood of 137,952 farmers in the region.

“We are confident that within one to two years, most coconut trees damaged by typhoon Ruby will be able to recover,” Nierva said.

The PCA will produce high yielding varieties to restore production volume in the next few years. New varieties produce 120 nuts a year or tripled in volume compared to 40 nuts of traditional varieties.

The PCA regional office here is still finalizing cost of damage to the industry due to Ruby. (PNA)

LAP/SARWELL Q. MENIANO/JSD

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