LEGAZPI City -- Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) officials were puzzled how “coco-lisap” infestation reached coconut plantations in upland Bgy. Bunga, here, and the Albay Plant Research Center in Guinobatan town.
PCA regional public information officer Ted Baylon said “coco-lisap” occurred mostly at the boundary towns of CamSur and Quezon provinces but not in Albay.
Baylon said PCA technicians started to use insecticides on affected coconut trees in Bgy. Bunga. Coconut farmers were forced to harvest young coconuts, defying PCA technicians’ advice that they should harvest only two-month-old nuts.
This week, Bunga village officials have mobilized local residents to cut and burn coconut leaves affected with “coco-lisap” to slow down its infestation, which is recorded to contaminate a single coconut tree with about four million “coco-lisap” insects.
Baylon urged coconut farmers to immediately report “coco-lisap” infestation anywhere in Bicol for prompt action by the PCA due to its fast spreading rate.