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As we know, coconut is the tree of life. So, walang parte ng coconut na hindi nagagamit. But, coconut water of a matured nut is considered the (most) useless,” shared Sagrada P. Alvarez, city agriculturist of Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental.

Despite its stagnant production, the coconut industry remains as one of the most important crops in the Philippines next to rice and corn.

For an instance, in Misamis Occidental, coconut product area uses more than 85 percent of its total agricultural land.

However, most coconut farmers rely on copra as their main source of income. But with the low buying price of copra, coconut farmers still live below the poverty line.

This led to the project “Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) for Coconut-based Farming Systems in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental,” funded by the Bureau of Agricultural Research and implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Northern Mindanao which introduced crop diversification with livestock integration and value-adding technologies to augment the low income of coconut farmers.

 

The community’s road to success

Through the project and with the help of DA-Northern Mindanao, the CPAR coconut farmers were organized and registered to the Department of Labor and Employment and Securities and Exchange Commission as CPAR Farmers Association Inc.

This empowered the community to actively seek engagements and agripreneurial activities to improve their livelihood. It inspired them to sustain the project even after its completion.

Juanita B. Salvani, chief of DA-Northern Mindanao research division, attributed the success of this project to the active participation of Oroquieta’s local government.

“The success of our CPAR projects in Region 10 also depends on the local government unit (LGU) that is handling [the project]. Hindi kami makadiretso, nagbibigay lang kami ng technical assistance sa kanila,” shared Salvani.

 

The making of coco sauce

In some parts of the country, coconut water is processed and canned. But the CPAR Farmers Association Inc. does not have the capacity to do the same said Alvarez.

Coconut sauce is the brainchild of the CPAR Farmers Association Inc. The LGU of Oroquieta looked for other value-adding technology to boost the income of coconut farmers. Through research, they were able to identify that coconut water is better off as sauce.

“We are targeting rural folks to have complete needs in the kitchen from oil, sauce, vinegar, coffee, and tea or even milk out of coconut,” said Alvarez.

Awards and recognitions received

Made from 100 percent matured coconut water, the coconut sauce of DA-Northern Mindanao bagged the best product award during this year’s 15th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition.

In 2018, the coconut sauce also won the best CPAR product award during the 1st Mindanao Community-based Participatory Action Research cum TechnoCom Forum and Product Exhibition.

 

Moving forward

With the five-million-peso research grant they have won, the CPAR Farmers Association Inc. plans: 1) to have their product analyzed to determine its shelf life and nutritional facts; 2) to register its process to Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines; 3) to establish a central processing facility and pasalubong center not just for coconut but also for their other crops like banana, cassava, and cacao; and 4) to enhance their capacity through trainings.

“We aim to compete globally to uplift the coconut industry,” ended Alvarez. ### (Rena S. Hermoso)

 

For more information:
Juanita B. Salvani
Chief, Research Division
DA-Northern Mindanao
Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental
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Sagrada P. Alvarez
City Agriculturist
Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental
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