Lunsod Quezon – Aprubado na at kasama na sa National Expenditure Program for 2024,
Ang P1 bilyon para sa revitalization ng coconut industry.
Sinabi ni Administrador Bernie Cruz ng Philippine Coconut Authority nitong Martes, Agosto 29, out of their request for P11-billion additional budget, only P1B billion was included in the NEP for 2024.
Dagdag ni Cruz, mismong si President Bongbong Marcos ang nagsabing “kailangan nating magreplant para mareplenish ang coconut trees.”
“By next year, a factory will be put up to mass produce the coconut byproducts to be used as construction materials,” ani Cruz.
Ayon pa kay Cruz, “PBBM noted that instead of importing construction materials made from coconut byproducts, the Philippines should itself mass produce such construction materials. The coconut husks will be made as coconut bricks for construction materials which are termite-proof.”
Sinabi rin ni dating Agrarian Reform Undersecretary na “the 100M coconut trees will start to be planted in August 2023.
It is targeted to finish the massive planting of 100 million coconut trees within the term of PBBM or until 2028.
“A seed bank or seed garden will be established in every province in coordination with the big players in the coconut industry,” anang administrador
“They have an agreement with the farmers to directly supply them with needed coconut products,” pagtatapos ni Cruz.
Tinatayang may 3 milyong coconut farmers sa Pilipinas.
At ang coconut industry ay sa ring top dollar earner ng bansa. – Ni Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.