President Aquino has signed a new law that prohibit unauthorized cutting of coconut trees, imposing up to six years in jail and maximum fine of P500,000, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on Sunday.

Source: Philippine Information Agency      By Carlo P. Gonzaga
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is looking at creating a 150-hectare coconut industrial complex that would include all the essential support facilities for the coconut industry, according to its Coconut Industrial Development Plan.

THE VOLUME of coconut exports grew last year but still fell short of the government’s target as the country’s major markets are still recovering from economic slowdown.

Every year when farmers start harvesting their sugar cane, maize and other crops, Cairenes brace themselves for what is ominously known as “The Black Cloud.” Caused when seasonal meteorological conditions meet the smoke released by burning agricultural waste, the heavy black pollution settles over an already smoggy Cairo, and respiratory diseases flourish.

Source: SunStar
Former senator Ramon "Jun" Magsaysay Jr. is pushing for the creation of a coconut industry roadmap that will strengthen government's current economic and social development program for the so called "sunset" industry.

Magsaysay said the proposed roadmap for the coconut industry will help sustain the export growth of coconuts and at the same time improve the lives of coconut farmers.

Source: Inquirer
MACROHON, Southern Leyte—Lands will be fertilized and coconut trees replanted in the next six years to revitalize the coconut industry in Southern Leyte.

The aim is to raise coconut production to a volume valued at P1.4 billion by 2018, to benefit some 64,000 families.

At least P200 million worth of seedlings and fertilization measures over three years are needed once the Coconut Rehabilitation Road Map is finalized, according to Robert Castañares, president of the Southern Leyte Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SLCCI).

Resource: Daily News
Sri Lanka coconut and coconut based products sector has recorded an overall growth of 9 % in 2012 up to August earning a revenue of Rs. 32 billion in comparison with the corresponding figure of Rs 29 billion in 2011.

Resource: The Star Online    By S.S. YOGA
A recent conference looks at ways to tap oil palm biomass.

At a recent conference on oil palm biomass, one of the presenters brought up the story of the mythical Lost City of El Dorado in the Amazon, reputedly a place with untold gold riches. Many treasure hunters had tried to locate it, but unsuccessfully. They found something else though – naturally occurring biochar.

Resource: MediaGlobal
The ingenuity and traditional practices of colonial communities have long helped sustain their livelihoods. In Flowers Bank, a small village in the area of Belize, the art of cohune palm oil extraction once became a valuable income earner for slaves during the off-season months of the timber trade.

The methods used by slaves to process cohune nuts were labor intensive, but today, modern technology is enabling their descendants to produce valuable cohune oil while preserving the local ecosystem.

Archana Aroor, Mumbai

The Project Approval Committee (PAC) on Technology Mission on Coconut (TMOC) will fund 24 more projects in addition to the already approved 18 new projects this year.

This was informed to F&B News in a chat over telephone by an official from the Coconut Development Board (CDB).