PCFMPC Launches its Coco Fiber and Peat Production

By: Rowena D. Yumol
Executive Director
Kasanyangan Rural Development Foundation, Inc.

PCFMPC members happily participated during the launching

Once more the Paco Coconut Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PCFMPC) in Barangay Paco, Mainit, Surigao del Norte has taken the next steps in modeling a strategy for sustainable upland development through the establishment of a decorticating machine which will help in their solid waste management program and earn incomes for the coop as well. This is one of the project in Lake Mainit FOCAS cluster funded by the  Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP). The project “Increasing Upland Farmers’ Competencies for Sustainable Livelihood” is implemented by Kasanyangan Rural Development Foundation, Inc. (KRDFI) in partnership with the Municipality of Mainit and the FOCAS Management Committee (FMC) facilitated by the Lake Mainit Development Alliance (LMDA). This component has a twin target of earning incomes and contributing to the health of the environment by reducing solid wastes. It targets to assist the coop earn P23, 400 per 2-month cycle; and reduce coco husks wastes by 312,000 per 2-month cycle.

The PCFMPC Chair (standing), Rev. Fe (setting) and CDF Janelyn (playing guitar) during the launchingHaving completed the preparations, the members of PCFMPC and the Municipality of Mainit invited the resident minister of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Rev. Fe Onde, to officiate the blessing rites of the decorticating machine and multi-purpose building on March 31, 2009. The occasion was graced by LMDA Director and FMC Chairperson, Engr. Kaiser B. Recabo, Jr., and members of the Barangay Local Government Unit of Paco.

The fabricated coco coir machine at PCFMPCThe machine was fabricated by Regwill Industries Inc. Mr. Ramon Barbosa, OIC of the Philipine Coconut Authority (PCA) of Agusan Del Sur assisted KRDFI in contacting Regwill Industries Inc. The package consists of one decorticating machine (capacity: 11,000 husks per day, single pass) one unit 4DR5 engine with transmission and radiator and uses diesel fuel, one sieving machine powered by ½ hp electric motor. It included transport and installation of the unit in the area.

coconut husks

Coco fiber

Coco dust

Coco husks

Coco fiber

Coco dust

The decorticating machine was installed in the multi-purpose building of PCFMPC and has made trial runs using the coconut husks gathered by the members. The machine has the capacity to decorticate 11,000 husks in an 8-hour shift with a single pass. The fibers produced in the trial run were of good quality. Operations will officially start on the first day of April to give time for the foundation or base area on which the machine was set to completely harden and become strong enough to stand the vibrations of the machine.

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