Coco Summit Slated Here



In a bid to provide a venue for understanding and enhancing the roles of stakeholders in the coconut industry, also, to encourage producers in tandem with processors, manufacturers, traders and other players in increasing coconut productivity and to promote a viable coconut industry network among value chain players, the “1st Bohol Coconut Summit” will be held in the province on March 30 at the covered court of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Dao, Tagbilaran City.
Beaming the theme “Towards a United and Sustained Coconut Industry in Central Visayas,” the summit will start at 7:30 a.m. to be participated in by the Federated Presidents of Small Coconut Farmers Associations (SCFOs) of the towns and the Municipal Agriculturists (MAs).
Gov. Edgar M. Chatto through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) already sent the letters to the municipal mayors asking them the attendance of the SCFOs federated presidents and MAs to this worthwhile undertaking.
In the summit, Chatto will inspire the stakeholders and other players in the coconut industry in Bohol while the Regional Executive Director Angel C. Enriquez, DA-RFO7 and Vice Governor Concepcion O. Lim will give their message.
Glenn B. Santos, Officer-In-Charge, Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) will deliver his keynote speech. He will be introduced by Timoteo R. Lago, Jr., Regional Manager, PCA Region 7.
Provincial Manager Emiliano M. Romero, PCA-Bohol will talk about the 1st Bohol Coconut Summit and Coconut Industry Situations while Jonah Noblega, VCA Coconut Consultant will do the Presentation on the Value Chain Development of the Coconut Industry.
Right after the lunch break, the Gawad Saka Awardee/Best Coconut Farmer Catalino Ordinario, Jr. will present the input on Good Agricultural Practices while the Updates on the Infestation and Control of Coconut Pest and Diseases will be given by Aurora L. Paquibot, Project Development Officer IV, PCA Region 7.
Input Presentation on Selected Coconut By-product, Consolidation and Networking will be given by Venus Henson, President Cebu 6th Manufacturers and Express Foundation, Inc.
Fe D. Curato, Lead Facilitator will conduct the summit workshop proper while Lago will present the Advantages of a United Coconut Industry: Promoting Chain Collaboration to Achieve the Goal of Increasing Productivity and Engr. Cecilia O. Añora, PPMIU Secretariat will give the Synthesis and Next Steps.
Atty. John Titus J. Vistal, Provincial Planning and Development Officer will welcome the participants which will be introduced by Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Larry M. Pamugas.
There will be an open forum right after the presentation and raffle draw.
John Paul Romero, Vice Pres., Small Coconut Farmers Federation will formally close the whole day activity.
Bohol is considered as the tenth producer of coconut in the country.
Out of a total land areas of 411,726 hectares, around 104,136.30 hectares are devoted to coconut production with a total of 12,229,813 coconut trees planted by 158,644 coconut planters (PCA Data). (Atoy Cosap)

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