The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has set aside P2.8 billion to replace all damaged coconut trees along Super Typhoon Yolanda’s path to ensure pre-typhoon production levels in the next 10 years.
More than that, PCA Administrator Euclides Forbes said the storm was an opportunity for affected areas to improve the coconut industry.
“All uprooted and partially damaged trees will be replaced with better varieties to further improve the industry than what it was before Yolanda,” said Forbes who was here recently to lead the ceremonial turnover of seedlings.
Initially, the PCA has five million seedlings ready for distribution and planting early this year.
The PCA has signed a deal with some schools for the mass production of high yielding varieties—Tacunan, Dwarf and Baybay Tall, in the bid to fast track replanting.
In Eastern Visayas, 400,000 seedlings will be produced by the Visayas State University, 50,000 by the Southern Leyte State University and 40,000 by the University of Eastern Philippines.
The PCA has set aside P2.8 billion this year to rehabilitate the country’s coconut industry badly damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
The budget is from the national government’s calamity fund and on top of the regular funding of the PCA for 2014.