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Coco plan boon to 16K farmers




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Smallholder coconut farmers are expected to improve their yield after Century Pacific Food Inc. (CNPF), through its coconut manufacturing arm Century Pacific Agricultural Ventures Inc.

(CPAVI), signed a partnership with Friends of Hope for the donation of quality seedlings which will enable planting of productive coconut trees as replacement for old and non-fruit-bearing trees in South Central Mindanao.

In addition to expanding long-term coconut supply in the region, planting of new coconut trees can eliminate about 416,680 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the next eight years, which the CNPF coconut subsidiary aims to make the region “carbon-neutral” by 2028.

Under the partnership, CPAVI will provide 100,000 coconut seedlings a year for the next five years, with Friends of Hope overseeing their distribution to farmer-beneficiaries and ensuring that the seedlings are cared properly.

CPAVI says Friends of Hope is a non-profit organization with expertise in coconut-based farming systems, including growing coconuts and other intercrops.

Since its establishment in 2012, it has reached almost 10,000 farmers, providing access to better seedlings, facilitating end-to-end trainings on coconut and intercrop production, and helping reduce costs by linking farmers directly to the markets.