NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) here has intensified surveillance efforts against insect infestation commonly known as ‘cocolisap’ in the provinces of Negros Oriental and Siquijor.
Provincial Coconut Development Manager Brendan Trasmonte said PCA is undertaking heightened vigilance in coconut farm areas of the two provinces in the wake of alarming reports of coconut scale insect (CSI) or ‘cocolisap’ that infested Basilan province.
With this, the PCA local office has conducted massive information drive to coconut farmers and stakeholders to enhance public awareness.
However, Trasmonte said no incidence of CSI infestation (rigodus or destructor species) has been observed in the two provinces.
PCA has called on the public, particularly the coco farmers, to report any observation or actual incidence of pest infestation or damage to its local office through telefax no. (035)422-1539 or to any Coconut Development Office assigned in respective local government units (LGUs).
PCA field personnel are also enjoined to conduct continuing surveillance and information dissemination in all their respective areas of jurisdiction for early detection and containment, Trasmonte said,
PCA reported that Basilan is one of the top coconut producers in the country, with an annual production of 163.2 million metric tons of copra.
It is noted that cocolisap may multiply rapidly during the dry season.
These pests or coconut scale insects can damage leaves, fruits, stalks and branches cause stunt growth, defoliation and dieback. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on Oct. 12, 2016)