PCA: Cocolisap outbreak to worsen PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:39

By R.G ANTONET GO

The Cocolisap problem in Zamboanga and Isabela cities are expected to worsen as the summer continues to bring a situation conducive for breeding the pests, according to Agriculture officials.

Zamboanga and Isabela cities are said to be experiencing an outbreak due to cocolisap infestation of thousands of trees.

Zamboanga city has a total of 129,894 coconut trees infested with Cocolisap with 56 barangays suffering from infestation.

A total of 29 barangays in Isabela have been affected with Cocolisap where nearly a million trees are infected with the disease.

“We cannot totally eliminate Cocolisap na coconut area, tali ya le. What we can do is manage and contain the pests..” said Efren P. Carba, Philippine Coconut Authority Zamboanga Provincial Head.

The PCA Central Office has prepared a program amounting to P106-million to solve the Cocolisap problem in Zamboanga.

The request however remains pending with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM.)

The funds will be used for activities such as treatment, quarantine, and livelihood activities for farmers.  (RGAAGo)