Quezon starts war against scourge of fruit trees

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PAGBILAO, Quezon: The Office of the Quezon Provincial Agriculture has set up a bio-control laboratory in their compound in Barangay Talipan of this town to combat an invasion of coco-scale insects or “cocolisap.”

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Provincial Agriculturist Roberto Gajo told The Manila Times the laboratory will serve as nursery for “coccinelid beetle,” an insect that can wipe out the “cocolisap” that has scourged not only coconuts, but also lanzones, mangosteen and other fruit-bearing trees.

The bio-control laboratory started its operation on October 1, simultaneous with the training of trainers on coco scale insects, led by Gajo.

Gajo said they oriented the trainers about the province’ other programs such as Sama-Samang Aksyon ng Gobyerno, Industriya at Pamayanan (Sagip), Scale Insect Comprehensive Action Program (SicapP) and the Coco-Based Farmer Field School (CBFFS) of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)

The bio-control laboratory and the training, Gajo said, is part of Quezon Governor David Suarez’ quick response to the problem assailing the coconut farmers in the province, in addition to several agricultural endeavors that Gajo’s office is already implementing.

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