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Coconut production and marketing practices in BATA ARC

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I. Rosalina A. Sagocsoc, Egie-Dayan D. Alcantara, Teresita A. Atega, Rennielynn F. Canales

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Int. J. Agron. Agri. Res.23( 1), 5-10, July 2023


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The coconut industry plays a crucial role in shaping national development because it is one of the export produce of the country. Also, the demands for virgin coconut oil and coconut biodiesel have re-invigorated the industry both in the domestic and international markets. However, the traditional focus on copra and oil makes farmers vulnerable to market fluctuations, and the struggle of the coconut industry has remained viable. That is why some farmers cut down their coconut trees to sell as lumber, which leads to severe depletion of productive trees. The feasibility study started with identifying the different commodities, prioritization, and selection using different criteria and was participated by the stakeholders. The value chain mapping within the locality was conducted and participated by the stakeholders currently involved in the production of coconut, processing, and trading. Furthermore, data gathering and Focus Group Discussion were employed in crafting the feasibility study. The questionnaire was used in the survey for farmers, people’s organizations, traders, processors, and stakeholders. The BATA ARC coconut farmers get their coconut planting materials primarily within their locality. They do not necessarily apply fertilizer unless given by some agricultural agency. Their harvesting frequency varies; some can harvest thrice or four times, and the majority hired labor to do the harvesting. Regarding marketing, the products will be sold directly to the regular buyer. Although the farmer sets their own price, most of the time, the buyer will set the price of the products. It is also practiced among some farmers to have cash-advance in the buyer.


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