The projects will include crop diversification, participatory coconut planting (PCP), and fertilization. Under the incentivized fertilization program, the beneficiary will be provided with fertilizers with an incentive of P2,500 per hectare for them to “religiously apply” fertilizer to their coconut farm. PCA Western Visayas manager Jeffrey de Los Reyes an initial 2, 600 coconut farmers can choose one of the three incentivized projects under the Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra COVID-19 of the Department of Agriculture. The diversification project is also eyeing animal integration such as small ruminants and chicken but not part of the immediate intervention. The three others have funds allocation of around P20 million. “We will reward them because they have sacrificed their immediate income because they opted to let them grow instead of selling them in the market. They have to be rewarded because they grow coconuts for their generation and the next generation,” he said. The beneficiaries need to enroll for the project to allow the PCA to monitor what is happening on the ground. “It is only one project per beneficiary under this COVID-19 program,” he said in an interview. De Los Reyes said those who were unable to avail of the immediate projects can still enroll because these immediate interventions are part of the PCA’s regular program. Farmers have to secure their planting materials as they are also given leeway to choose the varieties they would like to plant. Delos Reyes added they also coordinated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to make sure that there is no duplication of COVID-19 assistance. (Philippine News Agency/PN) Coconut farmers in Western Visayas can now avail incentivized projects of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA). These recently-launched projects aim to help economically displaced coconut farmers due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. DEVEX/FILE PHOTO Recipients of the PCP, on the other hand, have to produce own seedlings to be paid P40 each. Another P45 incentive per seedling will be given four months after it is planted. “If they could not make it under the COVID-19, they can still enroll to be lined up for 2021,” he said. ILOILO City – The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has rolled out its incentivized projects to help economically displaced coconut farmers in Western Visayas due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. Under the crop diversification, banana and potato intercropping are involved. The beneficiary who opts to engage in banana intercrop is entitled to a maximum of one hectare for 200 suckers or 18,000 cuttings of sweet potato cuttings. He said they intend to start the program in July as they are preparing their project plans. The intercrop will be subjected to inspection before a farmer can get the P5,000 incentive.