Cavite coco palms recover from pest

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More than half of the coconut trees affected by scale insect in various towns of Cavite are now recovering following a massive treatment and control program, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) reported.

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In a report submitted to PCA Administrator Euclides Forbes, PCA Cavite officer-in-charge Jaime Gamier said that 55.5 percent, or 2,029 coconut trees in the towns of Alfonso, Indang, Amadeo, Silang and General Aguinaldo are now showing signs of recovery after the spraying of dishwashing solution and cochin oil, pruning and application of fertilizer.

“The appearances of new leaves are evident signs of recovery, Gamier said.

There are a total of 3,639 coconut trees that were included in the project, which was conducted by PCA, the Department of Agriculture and the local government units.

Despite the prevalence of the infestation, Forbes assured that the scale insect infestation in the provinces of Batangas, Cavite and Quezon will not affect country’s coconut production, noting that only .05 percent of the total 340 million trees were affected.

He said that PCA continuously implement the massive control measures to eradicate the pest by increasing field personnel, implements and the production of predators.

Earlier, the PCA launched its massive control program dubbed as Sama-samang Aksyon ng Gobyerno, Industriya at Pamayanan (Sagip) in key coconut producing areas in the region to control the outbreak.

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