Coir

Industry Players

        Coconut is grown in almost all parts of the country.  At present, nearly 30% of the country’s total agricultural land is planted with coconut. Coconut plantations are dispersed accordingly, in Luzon – 23.0%, Visayas – 17.4% and Mindanao – 59.6%.  Sixty-nine out of 79 provinces are coconut producing areas.  Coir production was concentrated mainly in Laguna, Quezon and Albay but due to the high export demand in recent years, it expanded to the Mindanao and Visayas provinces such as Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Sarangani, Compostela Valley, Leyte, Samar and Aklan.

    

         In 2010, there were 20 grading and baling establishments (GBEs) licensed to operate nationwide. These GBEs are the decorticators/producers of coir which source their husk requirements from coconut farmers within their areas of operations or nearby provinces. Most of the GBEs are exporters of coir but some are also engaged in the processing of the fiber into finished products.  Currently, there are also four local traders, 11 trader-exporters and four processors converting coir into geotextiles, logs, coco pads and a host of fibercraft items intended for both the local and international markets.