Buyers flock to Lamitan to buy coco lumber PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 April 2017 14:02

By ALLEN ABASTILLAS

Buyers from Basilan and other areas are now flocking to Lamitan city to purchase coconut lumber from trees destroyed by coconut scale insects or Cocolisap.

The Lamitan City Council passed a resolution during its regular session yesterday to regulate both the cutting of infected coconut trees and the entry of buyers into the city.

Buyers are reportedly coming in from areas such as Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Dipolog and even Quezon province to purchase coco lumber from coconut farmers.

Lamitan Vice Mayor Roderick Furigay asked barangay chairmen to check the permits of these buyers and their equipment.

Furigay also asked barangay chairmen to check if the buyers are paying the appropriate fees covering their purchase.

The local government collects a P100 fee for every coconut tree, of which P20 is paid to the barangay,  P40 to the city and P40 to the Philippine Coconut Authority.

Philippine Coconut Authority Representative Onesima J. Hayawan told the City Council that his office cannot stop the entry of buyers who intend to buy coco lumber from farmers as long as they can present the permit to purchase.

One coconut farmer who requested anonymity said that he would rather sell to outsiders who offer a price of P250 per volume as compared to locals who only offer a price of P150.

Around 3-million coconut trees in Basilan province were reported to have been destroyed by coconut scale insect infestation.  (Allen Abastillas)