Try other products, Piñol urges Gumaca coconut growers
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that coconut growers in Gumaca, Quezon should try to come up with other products out of coconut to ease the impact of low copra prices in their livelihood.
In his message to Gumaca farmers, the agriculture chief stressed that the plunge in the prices of copra is affected by the decrease in oil price in the world market.
But, he said that the Department of Agriculture (DA) has readied solutions to provide coco growers alternative income such as the promotion of coconut water as an energy drink.
“We produce around 15 billion of nuts every year. If half of our population will drink coco water at least once a week, that means roughly 216 million coconuts in a month,” Piñol said.
He also urged farmers to plant other cash crops and raise livestock and other poultry under the coconut trees.
“Hindi dapat bakante sa ilalim ng mga puno, you may plant cacao, coffee, abaca and sorghum,” Piñol said.
“Go and venture into the processing and value-adding of coconut. There are other products aside from copra,” he further said.