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ILOILO City – The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) 6 has registered around 179,000 coconut farmers in Western Visayas as of May this year.
Director Francis Fegarido of PCA 6, said the agency aims to register 256,000 coconut farmers in the region until the end of the year, under the National Coconut Farmers Registry.
Fegarido, in a press conference conducted by the Philippine Information Agency-Iloilo on Oct. 19, solicited the help of the media to disseminate the information as they are still reaching out to some 75,000 farmers in the region.
Registration is ongoing in the different offices of the PCA and all the farmers have to do is fill up the form, which is for free.
Fegarido said the registration will help them to quickly and directly channel the agency’s programs and assistance to registered farmers.
Bona fide coconut farmers could also benefit from the proceeds of the sale of the coco levy. “With this registry, we could account immediately the number of our coconut farmers, the number of coconuts planted and the area planted to coconut,” said Fegarido.
The data will also be of great value to planners, as it will guide their planning programs for the farmers and help them to address issues and concerns related to the coconut industry.
The implementation of the National Coconut Farmers Registry started two years ago. (PIA)