Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2016)
Socio-economic status of the self-regulating oil palm producers in Sultan Kudarat, Philippines
Author(s): Elvie V Diaz
Abstract: Oil palm plantations have contributed good economic and ecological benefits to the people and surrounding environment. This investigation concentrated on the assessment of socio-economic status of farmers in small, medium and large self-regulating oil palm plantations in Sultan Kudarat Province, Philippines. Site visit and consultation of environmental experts were observed in accordance to the flow of activities developed and modified by an expert. Key informant and personal interviews of purposively selected farmer respondents of the sample plantations were conducted. The study found out that the municipality of Isulan has the largest self-regulating oil palm plantation in the province. The current plantation practices were compared with good agricultural practices of the sustainable oil palm plantation. The small oil palm plantations had lower management performance than the medium and large plantations. The nutrient balances were not significantly different among oil palm plantations. The potential eutrophication of small oil palm plantation was higher than the medium and large plantations. Opportunities for trainings, seminars, and other pro-active farming activities should be available to farmers in order to advance their economic endeavors along with an environmentally sound and sustainable production system.