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Gerard C. Cordero

CY 2017 Gawad Saka Award, for the most Outstanding Coconut Farmer is Mr. Gerardo C. Cordero, 60-year-old from Brgy. Topland, Koronadal City, South Cotabato, Region XII.  Mr. Cordero is a retired government employee and graduate of BS Agriculture major in Agronomy.  He gained considerable knowledge and skills in coconut farming with his almost 20 years of involvement in the coconut industry as farmer, leader and entrepreneur.

Mr. Cordero’s outstanding achievements are as follows:

    • Developed his 4-hectare coconut farm by introducing an integrated coconut- based farming (crop-livestock-aquaculture production) to fully maximize the utilization of his farm which was formerly devoted to rice and corn production
    • Adopted five (5) farming systems:
      1. 1. PLANTA PRUTA GULAYAN (0.40 HA)
        • - Coco Syrup Plant
        • - Niyog (51 Trees)
        • - Gulay (Ampalaya, Tanglad, Kamote, at iba pa)
      2. 2. Sari-Sari Prutasan (1.60 HA)
        • - Niyog (68 Trees)
        • - Cacao (55 Trees)
        • - Mangosteen (68 Trees)
        • - Banana (123 Trees)
      3. 3. Pruta Isdaan (0.25 HA)
        • - Prutasan (rambutan, pomelo, durian, bugnay
        • - Isdaan (10 ponds)
        • - Niyog (30 trees)
      4. 4. Pala Pruta Hayopan (1.25 HAS)
        • - Palayan
        • - Niyog (146 trees)
        • - Calamansi (397 trees)
        • - Lanzones (131 trees)
        • - Cacao (12 trees)
        • - Baboyan (2 heads)
        • - Kambingan (2 heads)
        • - Tupa (2 heads)
      5. 5. PALA ISDA PRUTA HAYOPAN (0.50 HA)
        • - Palay (black rice)
        • - Niyog (90 trees)
        • - Calamansi (81 trees)
        • - Baboyan (5 heads)
        • - Itikan (5 heads)
        • - Kambingan (5 heads)
        • - Isda (tilapia at hito)
    • Established coconut nursery registered with PCA as source of coconut planting materials for the PCA coconut planting/replanting project and applied salt fertilizer to coconut trees as recipient of the PCA Coconut Fertilization Project.
    • Practiced organic farming by recycling and utilizing his own farm wastes and uses of vermitea for the development of the crops. Turkeys and ducks wastes aid in the control of weeds, weed seeds and harmful insects. Likewise the manure serves as fertilizer as it provides all essential nutrients needed in organic black rice production
    • Practiced zero burning, every farm waste, reject harvested fruits, animal wastes are ingredients for organic fertilizer and vermicast
    • Prepared and used his own concoction- Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ) using kangkong, alugbati and other green leafy vegetables; Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ) using banana, papaya and molasses; Oriental Herbal Nutrient (OHN) from ginger and molasses for pest and diseases control; Indigenous Micro Organism (IMO) using left over rice, molasses and egg shells as disinfectant sprays in pigpen and goat urine as ingredients for insect repellants
    • Formulated his own organic feeds for his tilapia, hito and swine. Planted arachis pintoi (mani-mani) along the pathways as feeds for chicken which are freely grazed in the area and serves as sequestration agent
    • Practices Korean Technology on swine using a mixture of sand, salt and rice hull to minimize foul odor and stress to his pigs by providing cooler place and feed them with his own biomix formulation and some major grass, trees and forage grown in the farm as livestock feeds
    • Established two (2) filter ponds, planted with kangkong and water lilies to filter the toxic waste of the water source before irrigating the rice fields
    • Properly installed drainage to prevent water logging and flooding whenever La Nina comes and serves as irrigation systems as Shallow Tube Wells (STWs) and water pumps used during El Niño

SOCIAL CONTRIBUTION
  • Generated job in the neighborhood; employs 4 permanent farm workers. Other workers are on call during peak season
  • Shared his knowledge and acquired skills to other farmers thereby giving them encouragement to do the same and invited as speaker of the workshop and training of Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and other organizations
  • At present, his farm serves as training center and learning site accredited by Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), wherein 7 batches of scholars and On-Job-Trainees (OJTs) from University of Southern Mindanao (USM) were given hands-on training and were able to secure TESDA National Competency II in Organic Agriculture. He was able to avail a grant of P100,000.00 for goat production and establishment of lecture hall with dormitory for scholars and OJTs and another P150,000.00 as School for Practical Agriculture (SPA)
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