MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, May 4 (PIA) — Workers in the coconut industry in the province of Camiguin stand to benefit from a new shared service facility (SSF) the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Camiguin Provincial Office launched and installed recently.
The new service facility includes a diesel engine-powered decorticating machine with winnowing/peat screening machine, a 300-kg digital weighing scale, 70 sets of steel made twining machines and eight sets of hand loom costing around P1,910,000 awarded to the NAGPAKABANA Multi-purpose Cooperative in the municipality of Catarman and Agoho KALIPI Organization in the municipality of Mambajao.
The NAGPAKABANA Multi-purpose Cooperative is the eligible cooperator of the SSF while the Agoho Kalipi Organization shared in their resources through a financing grant of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in cooperation with the Agoho Barangay Council, in providing the production and storage facility of the coconut husk decorticating machine which was then installed, tested and commissioned last April 7, 2015 by Tramat Mercantile, Inc., the supplier of the equipment.
The coconut husk decorticator is capable of decorticating 8,000 husks per hour and can also produce coco fibers, coco peat, twined ropes and geo-textiles.
These coconut by-products will be marketed in the neighboring provinces to be used in slopes and protect soil erosions.
This SSF project is expected to employ not less than 100 farmers, housewives and out-of-school youth. (Zita M. Abellare thru reports from Eric Aranas, DTI-Camiguin, PIA_Cam-iNet)