Experts urge coco coir producers to comply with product standards
By Ninfa B Quirante
Tacloban City (26 October) -- Expert buyers of coco coir urged all coco coir producers to improve the quality of the product to comply with the quality standards set by the industry.
Businessman William Chan, karate superstar namesake Jackie Chan both encouraged the present coco coir producers in the region to improve quality so that better prices can also be charged.
The buyers imposed that coco coir fibers must be 5-8 inches long with some 2-6% moisture content or dryer, besides, the so called coco peat (dusty part of the husk) must be very minimal.
Earlier on, some participants were treated to observe coco coir production in Casiguran, Aurora and practically pushed for the technology transfer.
PCA though admitted that because the coco coir business is still young, technical expertise have to be upgraded to keep up with competitive standards as observed in the Bicol area.
Similarly, the need to upgrade machines and gadgets have been recognized to improve quality of the coco coir. Machines involved include coco husk beater machines use dto crush coconut husk into smaller portions, decorticating machine, used to separate fibers from its dust peat and hard cover; and the carding machine a fiber-cleaning machine that opens the decorticated flocks into individual fibers.
Other machineries involved are winnowing, slivering, twining, looming and baling machines each performing specific tasks until the desired coco coir is produced en masse.
For coco mats, coco mat roller press and latex rubber mixers are then used to produce geotextile products such as coir logs, coco peat, plant lines and others to ensure the improved quality of the product.
Organizers belonging to the Department of Agriculture family like PCA, Metal Industry Research Center (MIRDC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) convened to obtain the desired results in the forum. (PIA-Samar) [top]