Coconut pest hits Malaybalay

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/6 Nov) — A coconut leaf beetle, believed
to be from sources outside of the province, destroyed around a third
of the coconut trees in a barangay here starting two months ago.

Amie Gabriel Lanayan, Bukidnon provincial agriculture officer, said
the coconut pest Brontispa longissima (Gestro) attacked around 3,000
bearing and non-bearing coconut trees by sucking fluids from leaves of
young coconuts.

Lanayan said this is one reason why the provincial government is keen
on implementing its ban on the entry of plants and seedlings into the
province.

The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has reported of B. longissima’s
entry in Luzon earlier this year, forcing it to create the Brontispa
Action Team.

Lanayan said the PCA, the Department of Agriculture’s Regional Crop
Protection Center, the local government unit of Malaybalay and the
Bureau of Plant Industry are working together to investigate the
pest’s entry into the province. Read full story here.

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One response to “Coconut pest hits Malaybalay”

  1. Leopoldo Tenepere says :

    To whom it may concern:

    I would like to bring your attention that we having inpected by the Brontispa in our town.Barangay old Rizal Catarman Nothern samar…Our community is depend only in crops coconut copras, We and our community would like to ask for help for the government to send and investigate this kind of pest, how to illiminate.

    I would appreciate if you can send Brontispa Action Team in our place..

    Thank you!!

    Best regards,
    kim

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