Coco plantation expansion eyed in E. Visayas-A A +A
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
THE five-year Eastern Visayas Coconut Industry Development Roadmap is targeting to expand coconut plantation to 25,000 hectares every year to attain 11 percent yield increase in 2018.
The blueprint for 2012-2016, released by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) last week, revealed that majority of lands for expansion is in the provinces of Leyte, Samar, and Northern Samar.
“Areas potential for expansion will be identified and prioritized. A Geographic Information System -thematic map will be generated and validated on site,” the plan said.
A study on how to go effectively in planting coconut in open areas will be undertaken. Study result will be used as basis in this endeavor.
Of the 25,000 hectares new areas every year, 7,875 hectares are in Leyte, 1,872 hectares in Biliran, 3,249 in Southern Leyte, 4,589 hectares in Samar, 3,258 in Eastern Samar, and 4,167 in Northern Samar.
If the region will achieve the target, production will go up 60,000 metric tons every year starting 2016.
The new plan will follow the roadmap of the Philippine Coconut Authority and the Regional Coconut Industry Development Framework formulated by stakeholders during the Regional Coconut Summits held in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
The region has 417,786 hectares planted to coconut accounting 11.7 percent of the country’s total coconut area. Eastern Visayas is the country’s third largest coconut producing area with 417,786 hectares and 46.1 million coconut bearing trees.
Of the 417,786 hectares planted, 166,257 hectares are in Leyte, 85,611 hectares in Northern Samar, 62,361 hectares in Eastern Samar, 50,125 hectares in Samar, 33,000 in Southern Leyte, 20,432 hectares in Biliran.
Average output volume was pegged at 1.7 billion nuts from 2009 to 2012. The plan has identified 368,524 coconut farmers.
The region hosts 10 coconut oil mills with a capacity to process two billion nuts every year.
Aside from copra processor, there are also six firms engaged in coco coir processing, an activated carbon plant, eight coco shell fuel processing plants, and two coco water vinegar makers. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)