240 model coconut farms to be developed in PH
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has directed the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) regional offices to identify 20 coconut farms in each region which could be developed into model coconut farms to showcase a multi-cropping system.
Each farm, which will have an area of one hectare, will serve as a learning center to be supervised by the Philippine Coconut Authority, the Agricultural Training Institute, and the High Value Crops Program of the DA.
Under the program, farm owners will be assisted by the DA in growing other crops under the coconuts to increase their income and to cushion the effect of fluctuating prices of coco products in the market.
Among the crops to be introduced are sorghum both for feed grains and silage.
“This is a crop which will support the local hog and poultry industry and also promote cattle and goat raising because of the silage,” Piñol said.
Other crops to be planted are abaca, coffee, and cacao.
“The country has an estimated 3.5 million hectares of coconut farms most of which practice mono-cropping and dependent only on copra production,” Piñol said.
“The Coconut Diversified Farming System is expected to open new production areas for the crops listed above,” he added.