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DA approves PCA’s coconut planting project

Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap has approved the Philippine Coconut Authority’s coconut
planting project that seeks to plant 10 million coconut seedlings throughout the country
using the most prolific coconut varieties – the OPVs or Open Pollinated Varieties.
PCA Administrator Oscar G. Garin explained the project adopts the participatory and
reward system approaches wherein the participating farmers get the following monetary
incentives: P5 for every good seednut sown in the farmer’s own seedbed and with an
identified and ready area for future planting; another P5 for every good seedling at
least 2 ft. tall grown and maintained in the seedbed for 5 months; and, P20 for every