Coconut News from the Philippines (with links)


1. Coconuts are the top Philippine export products!
Coconut exports from the Philippines increased by a whopping 54% in the first semester of this year compared to the first semester of last year.
Copra meal export went up by 153%! Copra meal is the residue left after squeezing the oil from copra (dried mature coconut meat) and is used as livestock feed.
Coconut oil export jumped by 61%. I don’t think this is VCO, though as it was not specified in the article. I think our coconut farmers should be taught and supported on how to make VCO and then to use it themselves and not export all of them while they use inferior RBD oils.
Export of oleochemicals or the naturally-occurring chemicals in coconut meat leaped by 20%. I think oleochemicals include such fatty acids as caprylic triglyceride which is often added to beauty products. I see this in Olay, for example.
Dessicated coconut export is up by 12%. Dessicated coconut is simply mature coconut meat that has been grated mechanically, and dried without pressing out the milk or oil. It’s what is being used in making macaroons.
Coconut oil tops the list of top 10 Philippine export commodities with fresh bananas, tuna and centrifugal sugar trailing behind.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer article on August 4, 2013

2. With coconuts, you can have everything you need.
I always find it inspiring to hear stories of Filipinos making a living right here in our home and making a difference in the lives of our countrymen as well. I have told you about my fondness for social entrepreneurship, the concept of living off a business which is socially responsible, environmentally sound and of course economically viable. I hope you will read this article, it’s a feature on several Filipino agri-entrepreneurs who have been quietly, slowly yet surely going towards the social entrepreneurship route. There is also an inspiring video on these men. I am particularly impressed with the Coconut House founded by Jun Castillo. The Coconut House is made of coconut materials and filled with coconut food products and utilities. It’s amazing. It’s one of my dream travel destinations.
Read my index on coconut products and the 1,000 uses of the coconut tree for more info.
Source: August 5 article

3. Coconut husks are being monetized by coconut farmers!
The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry granted P410,000 worth of machinery for decorticating coconut to produce coco coir. Yey! for this development. This would help farmers get income from coconut husks which are just used as kindling or firewood anyway.The farmers are members of a small farmers’ cooperative and not some greedy businessman, so that’s good news. Coconut husk is used in making twines and geonets. I hope they will also make flower pots made of coconut husk, the ones that I see online. I wonder why Americans are using coco peat flower pots and we Filipinos are not, when we have all these coconuts right here. Just ranting. If you will click my source article, you will also read about coco sauce from coconut water of mature fruits. It’s my first time to hear about coco sauce, said to also be an export commodity.
Source: article on Aug 5, 2013

4. Coco biofuel blend is the next big thing in the Philippines.
The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Department of Energy (DOE) and University of the Philippines are working together to increase the coconut oil component of the biofuel blend. Called the B5 biofuel blend, this fuel blend uses 5% coco methyl ester, up by 3% from the previous 2% blend. This increase means a lot, just consider: For a period of 20 days, the B5 biofuel blend will be tested on 4 public utility jeepneys to assess fuel economy and efficiency.
This would save our country P10 billion! We will be less dependent on imported , carbon fossil-depleting fuels.
This would boost the income of our coconut farmers.
This will  provide employment for 1,000 plant workers, 13,000 coconut oil mill workers and 23,000 farm workers.
The previous 2% blend already reduced smoke emission by 50% and this 5% blend is expected to have better performance.

Update: Hey, this post is linked to Sunday School at There’s a lot to learn there and I advise you to go visit it.
Source: article on August 5, 2013

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