BOC set to turn over seized coconuts to Cebu Province

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COCONUT farmers in Cebu Province will soon get help.

This as the Bureau of Customs (BOC) is set to hand over 840,000 pieces of confiscated semi-husked mature coconuts to the Cebu Provincial Government.

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said the incoming donation from the BOC is timely since many coconut trees were toppled during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (Rai) in the province on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021.

The governor plans to distribute the confiscated coconuts to farmers in the province so they can use them for replanting.

The BOC plan to donate the seized semi-husked mature coconuts was revealed during the agency officials’ meeting with Garcia alongside Philippine Coconut Authority Central Visayas (PCA 7) Acting Manager Brendan Trasmonte and Provincial Agriculturist Roldan Saragena on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.

Trasmonte placed the value of the confiscated produce at P232 million.

The PCA 7 official said the coconuts were loaded inside 42 containers in the Province of Leyte and were stopped by the BOC since the PAC bans the export of matured coconuts.

Representatives from the BOC told Garcia that the coconuts will be turned over once all clearances are secured.

According to Saragena, the coconuts will be temporarily stored in a government-owned property in Barangay Tinaan, City of Naga in southern Cebu.

The Department of Agriculture Central Visayas has placed the damage of the typhoon to the agricultural sector at P3.3 billion and also affected 139,000 farmers and fisherfolk.

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