The project shows many examples of improvements in factor competitiveness. These include a range of nodes along the coconut value chain such as training in production of high quality of germplasm which can better guarantee yield per unit area per unit time (vs trees per unit area); promotion of pest and disease resistant germplasm, training for improvements in processing, development of strategic alliances with large global manufacturers, and improvement of governance structures through formation of 11 National Stakeholder Platforms.
Risk mitigation training was conducted for trainers and farmers so that they can train others and manage their fields better. Agronomy of tissue culture plantlets was conducted for technicians in Mexico and training in GAP conducted and plots established to facilitate experiential learning.
The industry has 6 GAP projects, 6 IPM plots, 25 nurseries capable of producing more than 300,000 seedlings per year; and production of about 100,000 hand pollinated hybrid seedlings. Production systems have been moving from abandoned and semi-abandoned trees to well-managed fruit orchards.
An estimated 13,209 ac (5,347 ha) of coconuts planted over the project period and 33,893 (13,721 ha) planned.
Information booklets on adapted integrated farming practices
Publicity Initiatives include 3 television presentations, 64 newspaper articles and 1,265 internet hits on CARDI Coconut website.
Challenges Experienced under the Project
Difficulty in sourcing seednuts to develop nurseries, farmers resisting paying for seedlings, lack of human capacity for the production of high-quality planting material and inadequate technical capacity in the management and handling of tissue culture plantlets.