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Coco-Fiber Processing Facility generates alternative livelihood for coconut farmers.

Display Date: 9/8/17

The most largely depends on agriculture in Camarines Norte province, Philippines, is coconut farming. In 2015, the coconut farmer was involved in coco-fiber production to produced coco peats or coco husk and was purchased by Pilipinas Eco Fiber Corporation by producing 1,000 kilograms per day in 2016.

Also, Pilipinas Eco Fiber Corporation provided equipment such as conveyor, decorticating machine, bailing machine, screening machine, and twining machine for coco farmers. The members of Fabrica Small Coconut Farmers Organization (FSCFO) sell their coconut husks to the facility and at the same time, providing twining work in the facility. Currently, the Coco-Fiber Processing Facility employs 14-18 workers, depending on the production needs.

The local government of Barangay Fabrica also supports the processing facility by providing it resources from the agricultural development fund of Barangay. Currently, the challenges being addressed by FSCFO in their coco-fiber production is the cost of electricity, road access in transporting coconut husks to the facility and a more efficient production plan for their facility.

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