Agriculture

Despite being a tropical paradise with vast areas of land Palawan is a net importer of most basic foodstuffs! Tropical fruit is imported from Mindanao, as are eggs, bananas, yams, gabi, tomatoes and meat such as chicken, pork and beef.

Green Power Palawan Agriculture Corporation has entered agreements with a number of Indigenous Peoples tribal groups to jointly develop their ancestral lands.

These lands were awarded to them under the Republic Act 8371 otherwise known as the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997 granting Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) to Indigenous Peoples.

Palawan is highly suited to tropical agriculture, with vast tracts of lowland scrub and bushland that is idle, while there are high levels of poverty, especially in rural areas.

While the tribes have land, their development has been hampered by lack of capital, technology, machinery and access to markets.

GPPAC is working with the tribes to address these issues and allow them to develop their lands to bring them long term self-sufficiency.

Suitable agriculture activity includes coconut, rubber, sugar cane, bananas, pineapple, cattle, dairying, crops to produce bioethanol, tropical fruit and other tropical agricultural products.

Southern Palawan lies south of the main typhoon belt making it highly suitable for agriculture.

GPPAC was established to:

1. Develop Palawan tribes’¬†predominantly idle agriculture lands under leasing arrangements, or in joint partnerships.

2. Convert idle tribal lands into profitable agricultural lands while conserving primary forests, wildlife and the existing ecology.

3. Help building a long term economic base for tribal landowners, creating employment opportunities for local tribes people, and be a part of making Palawan an economically self-sufficient island community.