CAO monitors ‘cocolisap’ threat in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 14:46

The City Agriculturist Office is closely coordinating efforts with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to monitor possible coconut scale insect infestation or “cocolisap” in Zamboanga City.
As of yesterday, Assistant City Agriculturist Teodulo Adora said no cocolisap infestation has been reported in the city.
Adora said personnel from the 6 agricultural field offices have been directed to closely monitor cases and to submit weekly report to City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat. The 6 field offices are located in Ayala, Tumaga, Culianan, Manicahan, Curuan and Vitali.
He said the two agencies are ready with preventive and control measures just in case the threat will hit the city. He also urged farmers to immediately report to City Agriculturist Office in case they notice such infestation.
The PCA in its website describes coconut scale insects as small insects which are plant parasites which are known as Aspidiotus destructor Signoret (Hemiptera: Diaspididae. “These insect pests cause yellowing or chlorosis, wilting, premature nutfall and low yield because it continuously siphons off the plant sap with their specialized mouthparts. Thick sooty molds grow on the honeydew excreted by these insects, preventing photosynthesis,” the website states.
Scale insects usually become problematic in coconut nurseries and in young palms.
The PCA, an agency under the Department of Agriculture has declared some areas in Batangas and other parts of the country including Basilan as heavily plagued with cocolisap.
Meanwhile, Adora revealed that since two years ago, some coconut plants in Zamboanga have been attacked by coconut leaf beetle known as brontispa which feeds on  young leaves and damages seedlings and mature coconut palms.
However, Adora said the infestation has been controlled, as technical teams from the City Agriculturist Office in coordination with the PCA, have been sent to field as soon as reports of the plaque reached the office.
The pests came from palm trees imported from Thailand through Davao City, Adora added. — Sheila Covarrubias