The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) in Bohol is now planning to train farmers in the production of coconut sap sugar as part of efforts to boost livelihood and the industry in general, said an official.
PCA Bohol provincial manager Emiliano Romero told dyRD Balita that the agency is ready to extend technical support to coconut farmers by providing equipment for the processing of raw ingredients.
He explained that coconut sap sugar production is projected to yield higher profits for farmers.
“Sa 100 kabuok nga punoan sa lubi, makaprodyus ka o maka-earn ka ana og about half a million [pesos] sa imong net income,” he said.
Coconut sap sugar has gained worldwide popularity being touted as a “wonder sugar” for its low glycemic index of 35 per serving, compared to the around GI 70 of cane-based sugar.
In 2007, the Philippines started to export coconut sap sugar to the United States and Japan. More shipments to other countries were made in the following years.
“Angay ni sa mga tawo nga nay sakit nga diabetes kay ubos kaayo ni siya og glycemix index itandi sa cane sugar,” Romero said.
Those interested in taking part of the growing subindustry may visit the PCA’s office near the Land Transportion Office in Tagbilaran City to get more information on the program, he added. (R. Tutas)