The Philippine Coconut Authority is keen on putting up a coconut seed farm in Buliluyan, Bataraza in support of the government’s drive to propagate and distribute hybrid coconuts.
PCA administrator Romulo dela Rosa, meeting with Capitol officials recently, said they will support the province’s plan to put up a seed farm in the Palawan’s southernmost mainland village.
“I think that is really possible. We really welcome that because isa sa nasimulan na natin sa taong ito ay ang hybridization [of coconut]. They gave us some money for the planting of hybrids throughout the country kasi ang usual na coconuts ngayong ay tall varieties but we would like to increase the production,” Dela Rosa said.
Dela Rosa said that the national government has allotted P100 million to boost the coconut production in the country.
“A hundred hectares of seed farm I think is okay. That means it is a five-year development plan because establishing of seed farm, it will take about three to five years. Sabihin na natin na fully productive siya in the 5th year saka palang tayo makakapagproduce ng seed nuts na hybrid kasi magtatanim pa tayo ng parent trees,” he said.
He said that the PCA can provide training for the establishment of seed farm.
“If the area is already identified, pwede namin kayo tulungan sa pagplano kung saan ilalagay ang mga parent trees. We can help, we have experts on that. Papasok tayo sa agreement then we can start,” he said.
As of 2017, Palawan’s coconut production accounted for five percent of the country’s total production of 2.3 million metric tons .