The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) recently distributed some 24,000 fruit tree seedlings to Aborlan and Brooke’s Point towns as intercropping livelihood support to coconut farmers.
An estimated 8,800 seedlings of cacao were distributed last week through the coconut farmer associations in Barangay Magbabadil, Aborlan, and 15,000 seedlings of lanzones and rambutan to Barangay Ipilan, Brooke’s Point.
Edilberto Nicolas, provincial manager of PCA, told Palawan News on Wednesday, that the assistance is part of their support to the existing groups organized as part of their planting program.
He said once the fruit trees are fully-grown, they will help increase the income of the coconut farmers in these areas under the Kasaganahan Sa Niyugan ay Kaunlaran ng Bayan (KAANIB) program.
KAANIB is a long-term coconut planting program of the PCA that seeks to promote the coconut-based farming system as a lucrative agribusiness venture.
“Ito ang ating mga KAANIB sites sa bayan ng Aborlan at Brooke’s Point, at ang mga seedlings na ito ay para sa kanilang kabuhayan at intercropping sa mga coconut plantations nila,” he said.
He explained that part of their program in developing the coconut plantation includes farm diversification or intercropping, which involves the growing of short season and high-value crops in between coconut trees like cacao, lanzones, and rambutan.