Aklan town to produce more abaca fibers for global demands
The hinterland town of Libacao is eyeing to produce more abaca fibers after four companies had expressed intent of getting the available natural resources.
Libacao mayor Charito Navarosa said Thursday that the companies wanted the abaca to be used for global demands for tea, coffee filters, and currency, among others.
“Currently, Libacao town produces around 250 metric tons of abaca monthly. Some 60 percent of the total Libacao town population are engaged in abaca farming,” he said.
The said companies had reportedly shown interests in buying supplies from the abaca farmers as it is being considered a high grade standard.
“One of the companies, a certain Blackwater is known for distributing tea bags made from abaca materials worldwide. We are upbeat on these developments,” Navarosa added.
The current produce is expected to double in the months to come as the town is a recipient of several Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) of the Department of Agriculture. The project involved several farm to market roads costing millions of pesos.
“Before our farmers limit their produce because of the hard hilly terrain they had to traverse before bringing the produce to town. With the ongoing road development, our farmers could now easily bring the produce to the suppliers conveniently,” he said. (PNA)