Ms. Lapitan reported that there are 17 coconut producing municipalities in Laguna, and three in Rizal
The salt fertilization project is one of the components of the Participatory Coconut Planting Program initiated by Agriculture Secretary Arthur C. Yap and PCA Administrator Oscar G. Garin to help increase the coconut yield by 25 per cent, and coconut trees would be more tolerance to drought. PCA are also distributing seeds of glutinous white corn to coconut farmers at a rate of 10 kilos of seeds per hectare. They also provide for free Bio-N Fertilizer to help enhance the authority’s intercropping program initiated by Administrator Garin more than a year ago in the Province.
Laguna Provincial Agriculturist Marlon Tobias reported that intercropping of coconut plantation does not only help increase the yield from coconut trees, and help provide additional foods for the farmers, but it also help control or prevent the attack of rhinoceros beetle and other palm pests.
On the progress of the implementation of the Participatory Coconut Planting Program, Lapitan reported that they have already distributede 123,987 seednuts in Laguna, and 16,330 seednuts in Rizal which would already be ready for transfer in the plantation before the month of August.