Lifting of export ban on mature coconuts mulled
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.