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Lanao del Norte - An association of coconut farmers in Linamon received a Php 800,000.00 check from the Department of Science and Technology – Lanao del Norte on February 10, 2021, for the establishment of coco coir and peat processing facility in the municipality.

The project will focus on coconut coir and coco peat for horticultural, agricultural, and industrial applications. The coconut coir and peat are materials from coco husks that often become waste. Coconut husks are readily available and grow in volume in the area.

One of the objectives is to acquire technological advancements by procuring a Decorticating Machine and a Coco Peat Bricks/Blocks Maker Machine to produce blocks out of the coconut coir and peat. The project also aims to contribute positively to the environment through active waste utilization by converting coconut husks into useful biodegradable materials for agro-industrial applications.

DOST-X partnered with the Local Government Unit of Linamon and the Linamon Coconut Farmers Association (LICOFA) to realize the S&T intervention. The project is under the agency’s Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program that targets to empower fourth to sixth class communities through five different entry points: Economic Development, Health and Nutrition, Human Resource Development, Environmental Protection and Conservation, and Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Climate Change Adaptation.

LICOFA is presently composed of 30 coconut farmers with copra as its main product. Given the intervention, the agency anticipates an increased market scope and additional product lines for the beneficiary.

“It’s a two-in-one project: livelihood, at the same time, waste management. This project will not just give additional income to our coconut farmers but it will also serve as a waste management project. We all know that Linamon’s one-town-one-product is Buko Pie, thus this is a utilization of the wastes from buko pie and copra production.”, said DOST-LDN OIC-Provincial Director Gerrylou Sweet M. Pia.

DOST-X is hopeful that through this S&T intervention, the LICOFA will grow to become resilient: sustaining more families in the community. (Julie Anne H. Baculio, DOST-X)