Coconut farmers in Palawan can individually earn a “one-time” maximum incentive of P28,600 by germinating and planting 715 palm nuts, an agriculturist said on Wednesday.
Raul Aguilar, senior agriculturist of the Coconut Development Authority (CDA), said the offer to farmers is part of their Participatory Coconut Planting (PCP) initiative to scale up the population of coconut trees and escalate harvests in Palawan.
The CDA’s target is to plant 3,000 hectares of land in Puerto Princesa, and in the towns of Roxas, Aborlan, Quezon, Narra and Sofronio Española.
“In the town of Roxas alone, we have a target of 1,000 hectares,” said Aguilar, adding if they hit the target, the province could have roughly half a million newly-planted coconut trees.
He explained that if a farmer joins the participatory planting project and germinates 715 coconut seedlings in his/her backyard nursery of minimum five hectares, he/she could already receive an incentive of P12,870 at P18 each once they put down roots.
If he participates further and plants them to grow into good height trees, the farmer can earn additional P15,730 at P22 per seedling.
A hectare of land whose measurement followed the 9×9-meter triangular method, said meanwhile by Coconut Development Officer Jemar Salmingo, could be planted with 143 nuts.
He explained that based on the said method, the farmer can earn more by doing the inter-cropping of banana, cacao, lanzones, rambutan and other crops. The normal germinating period is four months before transplanting.
The incentive will be released in two tranches, he said. “Ibig sabihin stable na yung bagong itinanim na niyog. Dapat ay buhay na ito,” Salmingo stated.
Salmingo added they are now fast-tracking the identification of sites, coconut farmer-partners, and master-listing to beat the January 31, 2018 deadline. Interested farmers may visit the local agriculture office in their towns.