CY 2016 Gawad Saka Award, for the most Outstanding Coconut Farmer is Mr. Carlito D. Villamayor, 76-year-old from Poblacion, Alabat, Quezon, Region IV-A. Mr. Villamayor is an accountant by profession. He gained considerable knowledge and skills in coconut farming with his almost 11 years of involvement in the coconut industry as farmer, leader and entrepreneur.
Mr. Villamayor’s outstanding achievements are as follows:
Maximized the utilization of his 5-hectare coconut land planted with a total of 500 Laguna Tall varieties for greater productivity by implementing an integrated crop-livestock production;
Practiced organic farming technology by recycling and utilizing farm wastes, mulching with rice hulls and coconut husks to conserve moisture, improve soil fertility and reduce weed growth. He also fertilizes his crops with bat guano that are collected from the nearby forest;
Engaged in coconut sugar production earning almost half a million pesos in just seven (7) months. He Produces 26-27 kgs. of coco sugar per day which is being sold to the local market at P200/kg. His product has reached Japan through Alabat and Pasciolco Agri-Ventures as coco sugar consolidator/exporter. These particular enterprises have created significant impact to the community thru job generation employing 15 persons including housewives as cook and out of school youths as tapper; and
Established coconut and cacao seedlings nursery in his farm. The cacao seedlings were provided thru LGU-PCA Project on Coconut Cacao-Intercropping Project.
At present, his farm serves as a training site for coco sugar production particularly that of LGU of Alabat. He had established good partnership with LGU, DTI, DSWD, DOST and other Coconut Industry Stakeholders which is an advantage to improve and promote his coconut products.