Lift­ing of ex­port ban on ma­ture co­conuts mulled

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By MADELAINE B. MIRAFLOR

The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA) is now go­ing to pro­pose the lift­ing of the ex­port ban on ma­ture co­conuts which was put in place many years ago by for­mer Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos.

The move was iden­ti­fied by the gov­ern­ment as one of the so­lu­tions that could po­ten­tially solve the price cri­sis be­ing felt in the co­conut sec­tor.

Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Em­manuel Piñol said in an in­ter­view on Thurs­day the ship­ment of ma­ture co­conuts from the Philip­pines to other coun­tries could help ad­dress the fall­ing prices of co­pra in the coun­try.

"The PCA Board of Gov­er­nors has ap­proved the res­o­lu­tion ask­ing the in­ter­a­gency com­mit­tee on EO [Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der] 1016 that the EO ban­ning the ex­port of ma­ture co­conuts to con­sider lift­ing the ban on the ex­port of ma­ture co­conuts. This EO was signed by then Pres­i­dent Mar­cos in 1985 and this has ef­fec­tively pre­vented the ex­port of ma­ture co­conuts," Piñol said.

Aside from the EO, there is also a Board Res­o­lu­tion in Philip­pine Co­conut Au­thor­ity (PCA) that pro­hibits ma­ture co­conuts from be­ing ex­ported.

"There were con­cerns in the past that the ex­port of ma­ture co­conuts would re­sult in the spread of our ge­netic ma­te­ri­als for co­conuts," Piñol said.

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