Posted on June 15th, 2009
The 1st Mindanao Coconut Summit will be held on June 25 and 26, 2009 at the Honeyâ€™s Hotel and Restaurant in Mati, Davao Oriental. The event will gather together coconut farmers and other stakeholders in the coconut industry.
Louie Rabat, Mindanao Business Council Trustee and Conference Director, recently disclosed that 300 participants are expected to grace the first ever staging of the said event. This is aimed to be an annual gathering of Mindanao coconut farmers, buyers, processors, financing institutions, and allied services supporting the industry.
“This is going to be a very significant gathering of all the coconut industry stakeholders of Mindanao. For the longest time, the coconut has been one of the country’s top export winner and Mindanao is a major contributor of this distinction. It’s about time we gather them together to discuss industry problems and opportunities,” Rabat said.
Agriculture Secretary Arthur C. Yap will be theÂ keynote speaker for the said event. The Coconut Industry Investment Fund, represented by its president, Danilo M. Coronacion, will also be making a presentation. Culminating the event will be the formation of a Mindanao Confederation of Coconut Stakeholders.
During the said summit, interesting topics are lined-up to be discussed, such as coconut-based food production, charcoal production using brick kiln technology, cocopeat-based bio-organic fertilizer production and the prospects of using coconut as bio diesel fuel.
Also included in the topics to be discussed is the farm productivity enhancement through intercropping coconuts with abaca and Cavendish banana, as well raising small ruminants.
The said event was organized by the Mindanao Business Council and the Davao Region Coconut Industry Cluster, in partnership with the Philippine Coconut Authority, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Science and Technology. Hosting the event will be the Province of Davao Oriental and the Local Government of Mati.