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    Phl to revive Haiyan-damaged coco industry

    THE Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) on Saturday announced that its national office has sent additional 100 chainsaws to the existing more than 300 chainsaws of the regional office and additional number is about to be delivered within two weeks making it a thousand.
    This was revealed by PCA National Administrator Euclides Forbes who was in Tacloban City on Thursday.
    Forbes said this is in response to the regional office’s call for additional chainsaw to hasten the cutting of the fallen coconut trees to avoid rhino beetles that may develop because of the situation.
    Administrator Forbes said that these chainsaw will be used in the Yolanda stricken areas to expedite the recovery of the coconut industry first by clearing operations.
    Aside from chainsaw, PCA is also producing green muscardine fungus in preparation for the onslaught of rhinoceros beetle.
    Forbes acknowledged that despite a handful of chainsaw this will not suffice for the more than 13 million fallen trees thus the need for the fungus.
    Forbes said that the fungus will mummify the beetles. Green muscardine fungus is a common insect pathogen. It can decimate cultures of rice planthoppers, leafhoppers and beetles.
    According to former regional director of PCA Edilberto Nierva, Region 8 depends largely on coconut industry the reason why the need for the immediate recovery of the industry.
    Almost 20,000 coconut farmers in the region were displaced due to Yolanda’s devastation.
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