How to encourage coconut replanting | Inquirer Opinion

How to encourage coconut replanting

/ 04:50 AM September 13, 2011

This is a reaction to the news item, titled “Millions of coconut trees old and dying” (Inquirer, 9/5/11) by Kristine L. Alave.

Indeed, not only are millions of coconut trees “old and dying” but they are being blown down by strong typhoons and hit by lightning. Hence, they have to be sawn and turned into coco lumber, as the Philippine Coconut Authority has pointed out.


In order to encourage coconut farmers to replant, I suggest that the measly subsidy of P30 per seedling be increased to at least P100. Moreover, I propose that for the clearing of the land of weeds, a subsidy of at least P5,000 per hectare be set aside every year for up to five years, after which time the trees will already start bearing nuts.

Finally, I would suggest that the PCA and the Department of Social Welfare and Development sign a memorandum of agreement to include small coconut farmers in the department’s conditional cash transfer program.



vice mayor,

Pagsanjan, Laguna; chair, Cocofed, Pagsanjan Chapter

Subscribe to Inquirer Opinion Newsletter
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Coconut replanting, coconut trees, Kristine Alave, PDI news item, Philippine Coconut Authority
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2021 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.