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Coconut-based exports plunged 22% in February

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The monthly volume of coconut-based exports plunged 22 percent year-on-year in February as the domestic industry began to see the effects of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” ravaging millions of trees in the Visayas.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ hits PH coconut oil exports

This aerial photo shows uprooted coconut trees on a hill near the town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines on November 11, 2013 only days after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the town on November 8. AFP FILE PHOTO

Coconut oil exports fell 35 percent at the start of this year, driving up global prices, after a super typhoon destroyed millions of trees, an industry group said Tuesday.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ to hit Philippine coconut oil exports—industry official

This aerial photo shows uprooted coconut trees on a hill near the town of Guiuan in Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines on November 11, 2013 only days after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the town on November 8. AFP FILE PHOTO

Global coconut oil supplies will likely fall next year, an industry official said Friday, after the killer typhoon that struck leading exporter the Philippines last month destroyed millions of trees used to produce the commodity

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Coco sugar sweetens small town’s finances

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MARIA Virgenia Pejoro

The gathering of coconut sap has always been the domain of tuba gatherers in the country but in a small village in Misamis Oriental, family members were seen lending each one a helping hand in performing the task.

Posted: May 25th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Dutch firm eyes coco-based export venture in PH

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Netherlands-based Van der Knaap Group is exploring new opportunities in the Philippines, which the company plans to turn into a major exporter of coconut husk products to the United States, China and Japan.

Posted: April 10th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Coconut industry: Decades of poverty, decades of waiting

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In my past advocacies, I discussed the development impact of tree crops in Southeast Asia: How a well-managed and focused development of cocoa, coffee, oil palm and rubber lifted millions of rural poor out of poverty and energized the domestic markets for goods and services.

Posted: March 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Philippine farmers hope for coconut craze windfall

LOCO OVER COCO. President Aquino shows “buko” juice in a pack from the Philippines which is now a craze in the United States during his speech upon arrival from the US. At right, Madonna touts a coco drink from a company where she was reported to have invested $10 million. ARNOLD ALMACEN; PHOTO FROM LAX-MAGAZINE.COM

Farmer Liezl Balmaceda has never heard of Madonna, but the US pop star’s endorsement of coconut water may help change her impoverished life for the better.

Posted: February 5th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

FPI-BoC partnership gains cited

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The Federation of Philippine Industries reported Thursday that its partnership with the Bureau of Customs (BoC) is bearing fruit in terms of initiating a Senate probe on the smuggling of coconut, palm oil and other agricultural products.

Posted: September 14th, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

PH has enough coco supply to attain 5% biofuel blend—PCA

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Local coconut production can support the proposed increase in the blending of coco-methyl ester (CME) in diesel products, even up to 20 percent, according to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).

Posted: June 21st, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

Virgin coconut oil exports double in first quarter of 2012

INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Virgin coconut oil (VCO) is living up to its promise of becoming a premium export product as its overseas sales more than doubled in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period last year, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) said.

Posted: June 19th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Coconut husks touted as next big PH export

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EXPORT MATERIAL. Besides coconut water, the coconut husks could be the next big thing in the export industry. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The coconut industry is expected to get a further boost once it capitalizes on its potential to be a top exporter of cocopeat, a fibrous substance made from coconut husks.

Posted: June 17th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Funding coconut farmers

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There are approximately 340,000 coconut farmers, more than the 300,000 rice farmers today. They constitute the poorest farming sector in the country. And despite the AF 2025 recommendation for a much larger budget for the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), it got less than 5 percent of the 2012 budget for rice.

Posted: January 20th, 2012 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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