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Natural enemy of ‘cocolisap’ found


Scientists on Monday announced a breakthrough in the fight against the destructive “cocolisap” with the discovery of a wasp-like native insect as a “natural enemy.”

Posted: July 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Export of PH copra grinds to a halt


The extent of the devastation wreaked on the country’s coconut industry by Super Typhoon “Yolanda” and aggravated by a delayed government response to coconut scale infestation (CSI) is slowly unraveling with a group of coconut producers saying there was zero export of copra for at least four months this year.

Posted: July 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t OKs organic spray vs coco pest


The Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority (FPA) has approved for distribution an organic spray being eyed to thwart the outbreak of coconut scale insects (CSI), locally referred to as “cocolisap” infestation.

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Chemical use to stop coco pest doubted

THE COCONUT pest was first detected by the Regional Crop Protection Center of the Department of Agriculture in Barangay (village) Ulango in Tanauan City, Batangas province, in 2009, but the government did not give it serious attention, according to a scientist. LETI BONIOL

Eliminating coconut scale insects (CSI), or “cocolisap,” will not be achieved by pruning affected coconuts or spraying dangerous chemicals, which are also expensive and can spell only money for a few.

Posted: June 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Quezon farmers march for land reform, coco levy

QUEZON farmers march from Lucena City to Manila to demand the completion of the government’s land reform program and the return of the coconut levy fund. DELFIN T. MALLARI JR./INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

Some 600 farmers from Quezon province started the five-day march/caravan to Manila yesterday to demand the final resolution of the agrarian conflict in the province and the return of the multibillion-peso coconut levy fund to the farmers.

Posted: June 4th, 2014 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »