BORONGAN CITY, Sept. 27 (PIA) — The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) distributed cash incentives to coconut farmers in Eastern Samar.
In a turn over ceremony on Tuesday in at Balangkayan town gym , PCA Manager Roi Floretes with his staff distributed checks worth P277,000 to 117 coconut farmers who heeded the government’s call to replant coconut and banana in Balangkayan town.
The farmers’ incentives come from the PCA projects namely the Participatory Coconut Planting Project (PCPP) and the Coconut-Banana Intercropping Project (CBIP).
Floretes, in his brief talk, thanked the farmers for their cooperation in replanting coconuts for Typhoon Yolanda-hit Balangkayan town.
Rufino Borja, 72, one of the coconut farmers from Barangay Bangon said that 80 percent of his coconuts were felled down by Typhoon Yolanda.
“Whether the government gives us money for replanting or not, I will still plant coconuts as they are the main source of my family’s income,” he said.
Balangkayan Vice Mayor Alicia Abunales lauded the national government for the incetives. She also urged the farmers to keep up their determination to plant and replant coconuts and bananas despite the typhoons that regularly visit the province.
“Kay dire gad kami hini napa-awat nga mga bagyo, kay amon man kinahanglan, bis pira pa nga bagyo, sige la kami hin tanom,” (The typhoons do not scare us, even if they come very often, still we will plant because we need them.) Eduardo Baque, 42,from Barangay Bangon, Balangkayan town said.
Meanwhile, Floretes advised the farmers to smoke their copra for the required time to command a better price.
“Please do not be in a hurry to make money,” he said.
“This is the reason why copra price is barely P9.00/kilo, because it has a low grade quality,” he added.
In the morning, the PCA team was in Maydolong town to award check incentives for the same PCA projects to some 23 Maydolong town farmers.
The distribution of checks will continue, said Floretes as the province has some P5M for the PCPP and the CBIP. (NBQ/PIA 8-E.Samar)
Source: PIA Feed