Kk day 2 pm stream 2 2nd speaker rene dalayon.fedco intercropping cacao and banana kakao konek 2012 final presentation
Harnessing the Potential for Farm DiversificationIntercropping Cacao and Banana - Mr. Rene Dalayon, CEO, FEDCO -
Federation of Cooperatives in Mindanao or FEDCO Who is FEDCO? FEDCO or Federation of Cooperatives in Mindanao have 13 Member Cooperatives located in Region XI, with around 3,000 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) and small banana growers owning 3,000 hectares of land planted only to export-quality fresh Cavendish Bananas that are both “highland” and “lowland” varieties.
CURRENT BANANA SITUATION (CAVENDISH) China Market: 90% of the total production of the small farmers is marketed to China. CHINA MARKET QUASI-BAN TO PHILIPPINE BANANAS: 1,053,000 boxes of 13.5kg. or 14,215 metric tons of bananas, being chopped weekly as a result.
CACAO BANANA AGRI-ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT The CBAED or Cacao Banana Agri-enterprise Development Project is a partnership with: CBAED Project is composed of: Training and extension, Post harvest facility, CBEC or Cacao banana Extension Center, Organic input facility, Nursery and cacao seedling production and distribution. Four CBEC will be put up by FEDCO. Each CBEC will have a cacao nursery, organic input facility and demo farm showing bananas growing together with cacao (Inter- cropping Cacao and Banana).
Why diversify? Maximization of the land area Increased productivity In response to the current decrease in demand of bananas in the market “…putting our eggs in one basket can be too risky especially for smallholder farmers who cannot afford to lose huge amount of money.”
Cacao-Banana Extension Center (CBEC) Intercropping Cacao and Banana