‘There’s a huge demand for coconut products’

BY JUN AGUIRRE

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

KALIBO, Aklan – There is a huge demand for coconut products and byproducts next year, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DTI provincial head Carmen Iturralde said they have received several offers from around the country and abroad needing the products and byproducts.

Iturralde said this during the DTI-sponsored Business Opportunities in the Coconut Industry Forum in this capital town.

Leo Bionat, assistant district engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Aklan, said they need more twine coco net and coco geo net for their projects, like the multimillion farm-to-market roads in the province in 2018.

Plevy Paco, manager of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), said coconut farmers in the province were adversely affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” four years ago.

Paco said the farmers are “recovering” and that the PCA is planning to “provide more coconut trees to be planted by farmers around the province.”

Reynaldo Vallegio, village chief of Barangay Aparicio, Ibajay, Aklan and a coconut farmer, said he was glad with what he learned during the forum.

“I am now modestly earning from the coconut industry and with what I learned, I know I could earn more in 2018,” he said./PN