The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is keen on increasing the P40 incentive that coconut farmers are receiving to P80 in a bid to intensify its Participatory Coconut Planting (PCP) program in Puerto Princesa and five other Palawan towns.
PCA provincial manager Edilberto Nicolas said last week that the strategy is so they could meet the PCP target of planting coconut trees in a combined area of 3,000 hectares in the city and the municipalities of Roxas, Aborlan, Quezon, Narra, Brooke’s Point, and Sofronio Española.
He said the new incentive will be released in two tranches, with farmers expected to plant coconut trees in half-hectare to a maximum of five hectares of land.
As of the moment, he said their local office is still waiting for the written instruction from their PCA central office.
“Sa ngayong na hinihintay pa natin ang order ay ang old rate pa rin ang ating ginagamit. Pero kung nandiyan na (ang order) ay i-a-adjust na natin sa P80 bawat puno,” he said on May 8.
The purpose of the initiative is to scale up the population of coconut trees and escalate harvests in Palawan under the PCP.
Nicolas said a participating farmer who will plant 715 palm nuts in his five-hectare plantation can earn more than P57 thousand, which he will receive in two tranches.
The first tranch will be given after he has germinated the palm nuts and the second will be provided after they have been planted and stabilized.
Jemar Salmingo, coconut development officer of PCA told Palawan News that the program started this year, explaining that actual planting has not happened yet since the farmers are still on the stage of collecting the nuts from germination.
“Sa ngayon ay nagpupunla pa lang ang ating mga coconut farmers,” he confirmed.
Salmingo said that the towns of Narra, Sofronio Española and Quezon are among those that already have tracks of farmlands identified for the initiative that represents more than 50 percent of the target area.