Hard work ahead for the coconut industry
Seven million coconut trees need to be planted every year for five years to recover for around 36 million trees lost to typhoons and cocolisap infestation.
Sunstar, quoting Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) board member Roque Quimpan, reported that 33 million coconut trees were lost to typhoons while 2-3 million trees were lost to the cocolisap infestation.
Quimpan said had it not been for the development of high-value by-products, like virgin coconut oil and the coconut water, the coconut industry would have been a dying industry.
He said local government have not been able to meet demand due limited raw materials.
He said the Philippines exported 10.2 million liters or around $11 million of coconut water in 2014.
He expressed hope that the moratorium on cutting coconut trees, except those in cocolisap-infested areas in Quezon and Mindanao, would help.