Salt Fertilization, Good Weather Boost Capiz Coco production
ROXAS CITY, Capiz(Nov. 20) -- Not many may know it, but salt is a good fertilizer, mainly applicable to coconut. In Capiz, based based on whole nut and copra trading since May this year, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) 0bserved about 30 percent increase in coconut production.
The good harvest of coconuts is attributed to government’s salt fertilization and favorable weather in the past couple of years, said
PCA – Capiz manager Jeffrey Delos Reyes
Two salt applications since 2009 have been conducted by PCA to boost the local coconut industry.
“Follow up application will be conducted next year,” he said.
The PCA provincial official noted that monthly nut procurement by the Capiz Small Coconut Farmers Marketing Cooperative (CASCOFAMCO) based at Brgy. Ondoy in Ivisan town averages 30,000 nuts at P3 each in the past six months.
Copra procurement also averages 40 tons every month.
“While it is true that copra price decreased, it is compensated by the increase in production,” Delos Reyes explained.
Average copra price at CASCOFAMCO and 33 other accredited copra traders in the province is at P11.50 per kilogram.
Based on PCA records, the province has more than 32,000 coconut farmers.