The Japanese Embassy has turned over a project for the coconut farmers in Agusan del Sur and Misamis Oriental.
First Secretary Tetsuharu Mori of the Embassy of Japan, during the turnover ceremony recently held in Agusan del Sur, said the “Strengthening of the Smallholder Coconut Basin Industries Project” was Japan’s first assisted project for the coconut industry in the Philippines.
He said Japan was pleased to collaborate with the Philippine Coconut Industry (PCA) in such undertaking.
Tokyo also looks forward to more farmers benefiting from the project initiatives and ultimately contributing to the overall growth of the coconut sector, Mori said.
Under the project, coco coir processing facilities were constructed in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur and Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental.
Both cities will have one plant each with a capacity of processing 24,000 husks per day.
Other project interventions include warehouses, drying facilities, and necessary machineries and equipment to produce coco coir and peats, and linking farmers with market buyers for the processed products.
“We hope this project significantly provides a sustainable livelihood to the farmers and their families and paves the way for further development of the coconut industry,” Mori said.