In photo:  Re-orientation seminar

PEREZ, QUEZON — In its effort to elevate valued products and strengthen the coconut industry sector, DTI Quezon is in full support of Alabat coco sweetener gearing up for a broader local and export market.

As of May 2023, 2,225 productive coconut trees are being utilized for coco nectar sweetener.

These trees produce a daily average of 8 liters of coco nectar, which may be doubled depending on the farm topography and the weather conditions on the island.

This social enterprise feeds the families of 40 farm workers who play a vital role in coco nectar harvesting day and night and 20 employees working in the central processing hub.

The Organic Certification re-application covers a total area of 7.52 hectares, including eight farms within Alabat and one in Perez, Quezon.

To ensure a favorable result for this re-application, the farm owners undergo a re-orientation seminar and an update of the Control Union requirements.

Likewise, Mylene L. Culing from the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (OMA), Zaldy B. Caperiña from the Office of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), and Victoria T. Gonzales, BC-Negosyo Center Alabat conducted actual farm inspection visits to validate records and update geo-tag of respective farms.

Date of Release: 14 June 2023