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Aklan to produce coconut flour soon

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (4 June) -- The province of Aklan will soon be producing coconut flour when a plant being readied at a hinterland municipality here becomes operational.

According to Plevy Raco, Provincial head of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) here, the move is being initiated by Ret. Gen. Federico Ruiz, an Aklanon who is also a member of the PCA's Board of Director and a coconut farmer.

The proposed plant, according to Raco, is located in Barangay Janlud in Libacao, Aklan, and would be operational as soon as funds for the project are released.

Raco said coconut flour is a nutritious substitute to wheat flour and noted that a big bakery in Aklan is already using it to bake bread products with positive feedbacks.

"The operation of the coconut flour here in Aklan will be helpful to coconut farmers, especially those near the area. Farmers could sell their nuts to the coco flour plant with less expense because of the establishment's accessibility" Raco said.

Raco assured that the price of other coconut by-products, like copra, is still good in the local market.

Just recently during President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's visit to South Korea, a food processing company there committed to the President to put up a coconut-based sweetener manufacturing plant in the Philippines.

CJ Corporation (CJC) led by its chairman Kyung Shik Sohn and its president and CEO Jinsoo Kim called on the President at the onset of the 20th ASEAN - ROK Commemorative Summit held a the Shilla Hotel to personally present to Pres. Arroyo their "expansion" plan for the Philippines.

According to Press USEC Lorelei Fajardo, the CJC plans to put up their coconut-based sweetener manufacturing plant in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. The plan, when already realized, sees to generate at least 1,000 jobs. (PIA) [top]

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