DAVAO remains to be the top coconut producing region in the country with 11 of the 13 preferred coconut varieties present, said a Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Board Member.
PCA Board Member Roque Quimpan, during the Kapehan sa Dabaw weekly forum at SM City Dabaw last Monday, April 17, said that in 2014 and 2015, Mindanao produces a yearly average of 15.8 billion coconuts or 68 percent of the entire Philippines’ yearly production. Out of the 3.3 million hectares of coconut plantations nationwide, 1.7 million hectares of these can be found in Mindanao, with 339 million existing coconut trees in the island.
Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that in 2015, Davao Region produced a total of 2,246,187.53 metric tons, the highest in the country.
Rounding the top five are Northern Mindanao (1.85 million metric tons), Zamboanga Peninsula (1.68 million metric tons), Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) (1.39 million metric tons), and Calabarzon (1.38 million).
“From the 13 preferred coconut varieties, 11 can be found in Davao Region...In fact, Davao Region is the top producing region in coconut with Davao Oriental as number one. Before, it used to Quezon Province but now it’s Davao Oriental already,” he said.
But since the entire coconut industry needs additional coconut trees to be planted to offset the loss from the cocolisap infestation and the previous typhoons, Quimpan said they are already finalizing details regarding their request of support for the coconut research center and the coconut plantation project in Indigenous Peoples (IP) areas in Paquibato District.
“Davao City has our own coconut research center. That is the oldest. In 1966, it is already existing. And that coconut research center is producing 200,000 coco seedlings of good variety, special variety including the coconut aromatic dwarf variety. For now, no budget yet has been dedicated because they prioritized the areas hit by typhoon Yolanda. But I already requested budget for this year or the next,” he said, adding they have partnered with tribal leader Datu Allan Sumandang and Ata-Manobo Deputy Mayor Arthur Ali to iron out details regarding the planting of coconut trees in a 6,000-hectare land in Paquibato district.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on April 19, 2017.
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