PH mulls lifting of export ban on mature coconuts
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the Governing Board of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has proposed the lifting of the ban on the export of mature coconuts as one of the measures to address the low prices of copra in the country.
In a resolution passed during its special board meeting yesterday, the PCA Board asked the Inter-Agency Committee on Executive Order No. 1016 to lift the ban imposed by then President Ferdinand Marcos on March 25, 1985.
The lifting of the ban on the export of mature coconut was one of the three measures approved by the PCA Board to correct the depressed market price for copra which has sank to P15 per kilo from a high of about P50 two years ago.
The other measure was a resolution asking President Rodrigo Duterte to direct the National Biofuels Board to implement the increase from 2 percent to 5 percent the coconut oil component of the diesel fuel.
A resolution approving the establishment of coconut processing facilities to be owned and operated by coconut farmers cooperatives was also signed.
The facilities will help the farmers produce high value items like Virgin Coconut Oil, Coco Sugar, Coco Syrup, Coco Coir and others.
The PCA Board approved an allocation of P300 million for the purchase of an Irradiation Equipment to be used in the processing of Coco Coir for export and also for other agricultural products.
“There is a huge demand for Coco Coir abroad for use in Green House farming but most importing countries require that the materials are disinfected, a process which is effectively done using Irradiation Equipment,” Piñol said.