Capiz inmates to produce coco coir
The Capiz provincial government has approved a project that would tap inmates in the production of coconut coir.
The Philippine Information Agency reported that Gov. Antonio del Rosario, during is meeting with the Provincial Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council, approved the request of the Capiz Small Coconut Farmers Cooperative to partner with the province’s Rehabilitation Center for the production of coco coir.
The Cooperative wanted to raise coco coir production in the province to take advantage of the demand in the domestic market.
The project would also give income to inmates during their detention.
Coco coir, which is becoming in demand in the US, China and Southeast Asia, is extensively used to rehabilitate deserts, enhance greens in golf courses and prevent soil erosion in riverbanks and highways.
It is also an excellent growing medium since the fiber has natural rooting hormones and good water-holding capacity.
Coconut coir is also used to produce household decors.