Misamis Occidental coco farmers warned of a new pest-A A +A
Thursday, July 5, 2012
OROQUIETA CITY -- The Integrated Pest Management of the Department of Agriculture (IPM-DA) is warning coconut farmers in Misamis Occidental about a newly discovered pest - the Brontispa pest.
The Brontispa pests have alarmed the IPM-DA since it has already damaged some 1.6 million coconut trees nationwide, Dr. Jesus Binamira, IPM-DA National Officer, said.
Recently, the pest had been spotted in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur, thus IPM-DA fears it may reach Misamis Occidental, considering the proximity of the place.
Binamira however assured the farmers that IPM has found a remedy through the use of biological control, wherein another insect will be introduced to do away with the Brontispa pests.
Binamira added that the Philippine Coconut Authority-Research Center in Davao City is now also looking for ways to solve this problem. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 06, 2012.