Group to pursue support of gov’t to coco industry

THE DAVAO Region Coconut Industry Cluster Inc. (DRCICI) will lobby before the national government to raise the concerns of the industry in time for the holding of the coconut conference next month.

 Migdonio Clamor Jr., executive director of DRCICI, said yesterday in Wednesdays @ Habi at Kape – Abreeza Mall that one of their concerns included the need to cover additional coconut farms with fertilizers.

 Clamor said the national government, through Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), was able to provide fertilizers, which only covered 10% of the areas planted with coconuts in the region. “We need to address this to fill in the gap,” he said.

 The PCA recorded that as of 2015, there were 407,000 hectares that were planted with coconut trees, including 79,023 hectares that were newly planted. Each tree can produce 59 nuts a year, which is still low, compared with the goal of at 65 nuts per tree annually.

 Another concern that the DRCICI is the need to unify all the sub-industries.

 “Hopefully in Cocolink, we can bring them together,” Clamor said.

 The DRCICI is spearheading the conduct of the 2nd Cocolink International Coconut Conference and Expo on November 7-9 at SMX Davao Convention Center, where the expected 800 participants would craft resolutions to raise the concerns to the national government.

 The event’s theme this year is “Expanding Possibilities … Ensuring Productivity, Sustaining Industries.”

 “Cocolink is one of the largest annual convergence of coconut stakeholders where coconut farmers, processors, manufacturers, traders and advocates, among others meet together to discuss new trends, developments, technologies and opportunities for the coconut industry,” DRCICI said in a statement.

 The event also includes business-to-business matching and farmer-to-business meeting.

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