PDC approves North Samar commodity investment plan

- Date Posted: April 18, 2017

CATARMAN, North Samar – The Provincial Development Council approved the Northern Samar Commodity Investment Plan (NSCIP) as a means of fostering inclusive growth and reducing poverty incidence in the province during its recently conducted quarterly regular meeting at Ibabao Hall, Capitol Building, Catarman.

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Romeo Cardenas said that PCIP is a 3-year rolling consensus plan that rationalizes the intervention within the various segments of the value chain of commodities that are of significance to the province and that will contribute to the national goal of the agriculture and fishery sector.

He said the province will focus on the processing of Coco Geonets considering that the province ranks second in terms of coconut production in the region as it produces 366,874,618 metric tons of coconut annually.

He explained that as of now there are three (3) operational decorticators in the province located in three towns namely: Huzety Enterprise located at Barangay Daganas, Catarman; Lope de Vega Decorticating Facility, Lope de Vega; and Aksyon Kalinga Para sa Masa (AKMA), Barangay Tingzon, San Jose.

These three (3) decorticating facilities currently operating utilized only 5% of the 50% husks available for decortication thus, there is still 95% of the available husks that could be possibly collected and processed into coir, he added.

To maximize the full potential of the coco coir industry, the following investments are vital to make the Coco Geonet Industry successful and sustainable: setting up husk collection system/policies/agreements, establish strategic farmers dropping/collection centers, provisions of collection trucks, constructions of farm to market roads, and provision of a brand new (specially fabricated) high capacity one-pass decorticator with conveyor and accessories.

Other mechanisms will also be put in place such as skills training for machine operators and the latest weaving technique for the weavers, among others should be conducted once this project will get a funding. (ajc/tbc-pia8northsamar)