I came across to this article on the web and with bit of more research on facts, I thought of posting it here. If any coco grower/supplier/ from our community in Philippines drops by, this blog post might help him to attend the summit.
The Philippines Information Agency writes about the upcoming coco coir summit that would be held on March 30, 2011 in Davao City, jointly organized by the Department of Agriculture, DTI and the Philippine Coconut Authority. The summit will seek will seek to address the issues of coconut coir and peat product developments.
The Summit, which is expected to gather 200 industry stakeholders throughout the country, will highlight coco coir (fibre from coconut husk) and peat (dust from coconut husk).
The one-day gathering aims to:
- Formulate doable policies or programs and generate commitments that will support the coco coir and peat sector;
- Agree on mechanisms for collaboration linking farm producers with exporters to ensure sustainability of operation as well as equitable distribution of benefits;
- Learn and possibly adapt technologies that will fully maximize the use of coco peat and improve the processing;
- Forge domestic and export marketing agreements for coco coir and peat.
Philippines is the number four exporter of the coconut by-products but there is lack of awareness of the importance of coco coir, due to which it has yet to harness its potential. The biggest producers of coconuts in the country are Davao, Bicol, Samar, Leyte and Quezon, but coconut production has dwindled over the years because there have been lesser coconut development programs and no more replanting.
With over fifty coco coir producers in the country, the Philipines is way behind India in coir production despite its largest potential for fiber production. A blog post on Davao city says, “While it is the second largest coco coir exporter in the world next to India, it is a poor second with only 14 percent share of the world market falling far behind India’s 65% marketshare. Major markets of coir from the Philippines include China South Korea, Taiwan/ Honkong, Japan, Singapore, Australia, USA, Canada and UK.”
The government is developing high value added coconut by-products such as the lowly coconut coir and peat to be able to supply the huge requirements both in the foreign and local markets using these environment-friendly products.
So anyone of our Filipino friends are planning to attend, do let us know! 🙂