Exporters benefit from joining coconut cluster
DAVAO CITY ---- A number of exporters here are benefiting from their active membership in the coconut industry cluster team. One exporter, whose factory regularly buys coconut shells for their active carbon manufacturing plant found that networking personally with other members of the coconut industry can make it much easier for his exporting firm to get all its raw materials within the industry.
Marketing Manager Tata Fernandez of Philips Carbon, a subsidiary of BF Industries said he enjoyed making new friends within the coconut industry cluster team as part of his networking in seeking new suppliers of raw materials and potential buyers of their active carbon and other products they produced at their factory here in Davao. BF Industries had been exporting active carbon to markets in US, Canada and Europe over the years and has established its reputation as a reliable supplier of this commodity in the world market.
Another exporting outfit, Regwill Industries is now actively involved in many activities and projects of the coconut industry cluster team, focusing on helping coconut farmers produce coco coir and make coco twines right in their own farms. Regwill Industries president Reynald Go, who took over the coconut cluster team as chairman, cited the growing demand in foreign markets for geonets which are used extensively in the construction industry worldwide.
Working closely with other members of the cluster team, Go is encouraging many coconut farmers’ families in Davao to produce more coco twines which are used in making geonets which are exported by Regwill to such countries like the US, China, Korea, Middle East and Europe.
“If they produce more coco twines, they will earn more income. We’re buying everything they make. The more they can produce, the better for all of them,” Go said. To support these coconut farmers making coco twines from coconut husks, the Department of Trade and Industry provided them with shared service facilities like decorticating machines to turn coco husks into coir and twisting machines to turn the coir into twines.
Other exporters benefiting from working together with the coconut industry cluster are processors and producers of coco sugar, virgin coco oil, whole nuts and other coco-based products.
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