Philippines’ young coconuts first shipments off to U.S. and China

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The Philippines eyes becoming a top producer of the billion-dollar earning-commodity. Photo from Manny Piñol.

The Philippines had already shipped its first batch of young coconuts export to the United States and China this month.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol confirmed that 48 tons of young coconuts or ‘buko’ in Tagalog, grown in Davao, already made its way to the world’s largest market in China last July 23.

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In coordination with the Department of Agriculture Region 11, the 36,000 pieces of young coconuts from Eng Seng Food Products were shipped to Guangzhou and Xiamen in China.

“The shipment was made possible after the signing of a contract with a China-based company, the China Artex Corporation Fujian Company,” Eng Seng Food Products President John Tan said.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) also announced in May that it the U.S. is allowing the entry of dehusked young coconuts.

To boost the coconut market in line with its first export, the DA has been making efforts to promote the Philippine coconut industry.

With its aim to make the Philippines as one of the world’s top producer of the billion dollar earning-commodity, the DA is also developing other products made from coconut such as coco sugar, virgin coconut oil, and coconut water, to name a few.

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