by Lovely Carillo
The Davao Region Coconut Industry Cluster, Inc (DRCICI), along with other players in the region’s coconut industry, are in the process of establishing five model farms in Davao Region.
“We hope the model farms will not only become a source of sustainability but also a future farm tour destination during the next CocoLink Conference,” DRCICI Executive Director Migdonio Camor, Jr. said during the 2nd International Coconut Conference (CocoLink) recently held in the city.
Participants of the 2nd CocoLink were able to visit different coconut farms during the third day of the Conference which was allotted for the farm visits.
The participants were given options to visit various farms including Lao Farms, Inc. the highly-successful coconut farm of Benjamin Lao. Lao’s farm produces coconut sugar for export.
The DRCICI is one of the organizations that continue to work on improving productivity and increasing the volume of coconut production through the establishment of demo farms in the region.
Clamor said through the Coconut Seednut Supply Enhancement Project (CSSEP), the DRCICI has trained coconut farmers in the production of quality coconut planting materials.
This has resulted to the establishment of coconut seed farms in Davao Provinces and in Western Mindanao using the extension manuals designed and developed by volunteer experts from PCA and the private sector.
“DRCICI is working on the development of IEC materials, coconut catalogues and techno guides on the production and processing of small scale farm-based value-added processing,” Clamor said.
It recently published the Coconut Check manual which compiled all the information and procedures in managing a coconut farm, and an instructional video on best farm practices from seednut sourcing to harvesting.