Try other non-food coconut products, manufacturers told
The Department of Trade and Industry advised coconut producers to consider making non-food coconut by-products which have a huge market and very high value.
Senen Perlada, director of the Export Marketing Bureau, was quoted by Businessworld as saying that while coconut oil is one of the country’s top agricultural exports products, there is a huge market for coconut by-products such as activated carbon.
“We have not exploited the market for activated carbon, which is very huge,” Perlada was quoted as saying.
He said that activated carbon from coconut shells is being used as additive in processed products like toothpaste and soap, and as a water filter.
He said the trade department is looking at coco feed, coco coir and other non-food coconut byproducts.