By Juan Escandor Jr.
Anticipating the possible entry to Bicol province of coconut scale insects (CSI) that have continued to attack coconut farms in neighboring Southern Tagalog, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has put up a 29-kilometer defense line in the region’s border.
By Maricar Cinco
Scientists from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and a group of coconut industry stakeholders said the government would no longer need to inject insecticides to coconut trees infested by coconut scale insects (CSI) after discovering the presence of parasitoids that could naturally end the ‘cocolisap’ outbreak.
A group of coconut farmers here protested the use of toxic chemicals in a government campaign to stop the infestation of coconut trees by coconut scale insects, or cocolisap, saying the method is doing more harm than good.
By Delfin T. Mallari Jr.
Quezon farmers’ groups and the peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Tuesday welcomed moves by Congress to investigate a possible conflict of interest case involving coconut levy funds being claimed by the government-sequestered United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB).
By TJ A. Burgonio
MANILA, Philippines—Former Sen. Edgardo Angara insisted on Tuesday, he did not personally benefit from the P300-million fund from the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF). Contrary to news reports, Angara said the fund financed a road project that fast-tracked travel between Aurora and Manila, a mariculture park and a coconut-based products complex in his home [...]