By NINFA B QUIRANTE, PIA
December 19, 2011
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Smuggling of whole coconuts may damage the coconut industry in
This is the emerging
issue that has gripped PCA these past few days, according to a coconut
While the coconut
farmers are a bit offbeat due to the high price of copra, buyers of
whole nuts are having a heyday buying and smuggling them which PCA
believe is to China.
“If this continues,
after some ten years, Philippine coconut industry will die a natural
death,” said Samar Provincial Coconut Development Manager Emiberto
“Our market is swarmed
with cheap products from
and Filipino businessmen can not compete with the low price, many had
to close shop, now we have to protect the industry so as not to be
usurped by China, God forbid,” he added.
He observed that in
Paranas, a lady is reportedly buying whole nuts which the PCA suspects
is smuggling them to China through other clandestine ports where there
is no coast guard.
“We have waited for
the lady to register with us before she can establish her buying
station, but until now, she has not shown up at PCA-Samar provincial
office,” Acasio said.
The law requires
that coconut buyers in nuts and lumber should register with the PCA,
secure permit and secure transport clearance from the regional office
to regulate this activity that could harm the industry in the future.