MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, March 23 (PIA) – Twenty farmers, to include the unemployed women in Sagay town, learns the art of weaving coconut husk into ropes and nets, utilizing such waste materials as another means of generating added income to support their family.
They extracted coir, a natural fiber found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut, and process it to produce ropes and other by-products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes, mattresses, finer brushes, string, and fishing nets.
“The demand of the product is limitless but the technology and quality is very important to satisfy the need of the consuming public,” Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Camiguin Provincial Director Joselito S. Enot noted.
Enot further noted that the coco nets are among the alternatives used by commercial mining companies to help prevent soil erosion. He added that the production of such products by the trained group will immediately commence.
“We will start producing even at small quantities for eventually this will lead to the establishment of a sustainable livelihood project,” he explained.
The province economy is also dependent on agriculture with vast contribution from the coconut industry. The Philippine Coconut Authority data shows that of the 29,187 hectares farm land, 15,245 hectares is cocal area and about 11 percent of the total populations are coconut farmers.