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Use of toxic pesticide on coconut trees assailed

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The environment group Greenpeace and coconut farmer groups have criticized the government’s use of the toxic pesticide neonicotinoids to combat the coconut scale insect (CSI) or “cocolisap” infestation that is threatening to wipe out the country’s coconut industry.

Posted: July 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t should have acted earlier vs coco pest, say solons

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The Philippine Coconut Administration (PCA) erred big-time when it failed to seriously look into the then developing coconut scale insect (CSI) or “cocolisap” infestation after it was first detected in 2009, militant lawmakers said.

Posted: June 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t move vs coco pest 5 years delayed

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FORMER Sen. and now Presidential Adviser on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan during his first press briefing as a member of the Cabinet. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

An official of the scientists’ group Advocates of Science and Technology for the People (Agham) on Friday blamed the government for its failure to prevent the outbreak of coconut scale infestation (CSI), or “cocolisap,” that could have been foiled five years ago.

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Pangilinan: Coco levy won’t be used in war vs pest

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Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan declared here on Tuesday that no portion of the multibillion-peso coconut levy fund would be used in the government’s war against the coconut scale insect pest that has been affecting more than a million coconut trees nationwide.

Posted: June 10th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t earmarks P752M to fight coco pest

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Presidential Adviser on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The government is poised to spend P752.7 million to save an estimated 1.2-million coconut trees affected by scale insects believed to have originated from neighboring Indonesia.

Posted: June 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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