Typhoon Haiyan Coconut Replanting Project

 
$6,570
$73,430
Raised
Remaining
Mix planting
Mix planting

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Leyte. Our coconut replanting program is continuing and at present we are able to distribute a total of 1,700 coconut seedlings to farmers. The farmers themselves dig the hole where the trees are to be planted as well as provide for organic fertilizer coming from animal waste in the farm. Except in some areas, most of the coconuts are growing well and our mortality rate is tolerable at 5 percent.

The planting distance of coconuts is 10 meters x 10 meters and we are doing planting of high-valued fruit and timber trees as well as bananas and bamboo in between the coconut rows. This is so that we will maximize the land. Most of the landholding here is small at average 1.5 hectares and there is really a need to improve farming systems. Traditionally farmers plant only coconuts and nothing else and when the coconuts were destroyed by high-velocity winds during the typhoon, there are no other sources of income and food.

Our approach of mix planting will be a model here in Leyte and we will use this in order to demonstrate to other farmers how they can maximize their land.

Hoping for more support from you.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Coconut re-planting
Coconut re-planting

Dear Friends,

Warm greetings and thank you very much for your generous support to our project to re-plant the damaged coconuts here in Leyte. Our initiative is continuing and consist of growing our own seedlings, engaging with poor farmers so that they participate in the coconut re-planting activities, producing our own organic fertilizer, conduct of training and supervise the actual planting and subsequent field management activities. To date we are able to plant a total of 33 hectares and more farms are being readied for tree planting. The good thing is that rain is very frequent here and we don't need to water the young plants. One problem we encountered is the difficulty in getting coconut seeds to be raised into seedlings. We remedied this by buying coconuts in nearby town of Baybay and Inopacan which was not damaged by the typhoon.

We intend to serve as a model for others to follow here in Leyte.

Again, thank you very much for your generosity and in contributing to our success.

Hoping that you consider informing your friends and colleagues to support us.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Coconut seedlings
Coconut seedlings

Dear All Friends,

Starting next week we will be starting to provide coconut seedlings to poor beneficiaries farming in the barrio of Mahayahay in Ormoc City. Mahayahay is a mountain barrio passable via gravel road and the trip going there is difficult. The barrio is badly hit by the typhoon being located where heavy winds can hit it direct. Almost all of the coconut trees were destroyed and the ones left standing would not be able to bear fruit for a long time. Coconuts is the main livelihood of local farmers in Mahayahay. Nobody is spearheading the re-planting of coconut trees that is why we are doing it. We succeeded in bringing coconut seeds from our base in Mindanao and grow it in our farm near Ormoc City. This planting time we will target a total of 75 farmer-beneficiaries.

Hoping for your continuing support to this excellent initiative.Please help advocate our project to your colleagues and friends.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Organic fertilizer production
Organic fertilizer production

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Leyte. This time we are producing organic fertilizer in order to fertilize the new coconut seedlings that we are distributing to farmers. This is much needed in order for the young coconut trees to grow very well. We have already raised 1,000 seedlings ready for distribution to farmers and we plan to produce 2,000 bags of organic fertilizer to accompany the seedlings. We will be distributing the seedlings in Albuera Municipality in Leyte. When Typhoon Haiyan destroyed almost all the coconut trees, the need to replant in order for the farmers to survive in the long-term is indeed very urgent.

Hoping  for your continuing support to our project.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Leyte and thank you very much for your kind support. Our coconut replanting project in Leyte is getting a good start with the establishment of a coconut seedling nursery located in the municipality of Albuera. We realize that it is difficult to secure coconut seedlings this time with the destruction of most coconuts. The ones left standing will take so many months yet to bear fruit. 

Our approach is to procure coconut nuts in selected areas not so much affected by Typhoon Haiyan and we identify this as the towns of Hilongos, Baybay and Bato in Leyte. We have contacted some locals in the area who we tasked to buy nuts that arre high quality and excellent for seedlings.

Aside from producing the coconut seedlings, we are also producing organic fertilizer and biochar that we will distribute to farmers who are re-planting their areas with coconuts and other fruit and timber trees.

Hoping for more support from you and your colleagues.

Very sincerely yours,

Cora

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Cora Sayre

Executive Director
Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental Philippines

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