COCONUT farmers are set to stage a hunger strike nationwide by September this year as a sign of protest if the government does not meet their demands.

Jerry dela Cerna, Davao Coconut Farmers Regional Consultative convenor, made the announcement at the Kapehan sa Dabaw.

In their declaration, some of the demand of the coconut farmers are: the establishment of the Coconut Farmers Development Foundation, that will manage the coco levy funds and assets; the recapitalization of the United Coconut Planters Bank; creation or establishment of a farmers' bank; no privatization of coco levy assets; ten percent of the totoal coconut levy should be allocated to Bangsamoro; ensure land security and assistance to farmers in areas devasted by typhoons; and a dialogue with President Aquino, Secretary Francis Pangilinan, and Philippine Coconut Authority Administrator Romulo Arancon Jr.

He said this was decided upon by the farmers after the staging of the National Conference and Strategic Planning of Coco Farmer Leaders on the utilization of the Coco Levy Funds at Linmarr Hotels and Apartelles, Davao City on June 27 and 28, 2014.

Dela Cerna said there will be farmers from Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental who will be walking all the way to Manila to stage the protest.

"They will only be drinking coconut water and meat," he said. "All the demands are non-negotiable," Dela Cerna added.

He said the strike will also be staged in regional and municipal levels.