Philippines Boosts Coconut Production

While reading manila bulletin, “Millions Allotted to Coconut Program” article caught my attention. The article said that huge amounts of money have been allocated by Department of Agriculture to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) for mass production of coconut trees. According to Manila Bulletin:

PCA Administrator Euclides Forbes disclosed that the Department of Agriculture has allotted funds to PCA amounting to P502.310 million for the massive planting and replanting program, and P336.187 million for the fertilization program.

What does this mean? We don’t just boost the production of coconut trees for Philippine use but boost our coconut export.

Globally, people believed that coconut provides a highly nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil which is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. On many parts of the world, coconut is a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one third of the world’s population depends on coconut to some degree for their food, medicine and their economy.

According to Inquirer:

The value of coconut water exports rose by 260.55 percent to $1.32 million in the first quarter of 2012, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) said in a statement.

Mass production of coconut trees will boost up our economy, since many businesses uses coconut as their main ingredient for their products. Some to mention are, Buko Express, Coco Fresco, and some other businesses that uses coconut in their products. Not only that, United States produces hydrating beverage such as Vita Coco, O.N.E Coconut Water, etc. Instead of artificial energy and hydrating drink, why not the nutritious coconut juice or water.

According to Inquirer:

Just like last year, the United States was the main buyer of Philippine coco water. Export earnings from the US increased by 426.75 percent to $3.94 million in the first three months of the year. Americans bought 3.72 million liters of Philippine coco water in the first quarter of 2012, against 796,887 liters in 2011.

People’s demands on coconut become exceptionally at rapid pace due to its various health benefits, as food and medicine. Because of such phenomena, existence of coconut-oriented businesses came simultaneously, in Philippines and globally.

Why coconut extensively existed in the market?

Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in providing wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:

  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
  • Improves digestion and bowel function.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
  • Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  • Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
  • Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Dissolves kidney stones.
  • Helps prevent liver disease.
  • Is lower in calories than all other fats.
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
  • Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
  • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
  • Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
  • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
  • Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
  • Helps control dandruff.
  • Do not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
  • Have no harmful or discomforting side effects.
  • Is completely non-toxic to humans.    (Courtesy of Coconut Research Center)



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