Coco Production Gets Boost with VCO Plant
The VCO plant that can process 10,000 to 20,000 nuts into VCO will be part of the overall upgrading of CASCOFAMCO facilities that was announced by PCA administrator Romulo N. Arancon, Jr. during his visit at the oil mill site last weekend.

VCO is a natural oil obtained from fresh mature kernel of the coconut extracted through a unique natural process where all the valuable characteristics and nutrients of coconut oil are preserved.

A building with a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) – compliant plant design will be constructed by PCA as a processing and learning facility in the region for the farmers and students.

The facility will also have the capability to produce high protein coconut flour from milk – extracted coconut meat residues out of the VCO production.

PCA provincial manager Jeffrey Delos Reyes said that a ceremonial MOU signing between PCA administrator Arancon and CASCOFAMCO manager Lauro Adonay is set on Feb. 26 in Manila to kick off the upgrading collaboration.

CASCOFAMCO, which groups more than 3,000 small coconut farmers in the province, has been operating since 1998 a village level coconut oil mill and into production of other products and by-products from the tree of life until it stop due to supertyphoon Yolanda’s devastation in 2013.

 “This will be value addition to the income of our coconut farmers,” noted Delos Reyes, adding that the province’s estimated 3,235 coconut farmers will not only rely on copra production because of the expected high demand for whole nuts for VCO production.

The PCA administrator was also ushered by some PCA provincial employees to a Kasaganahan sa Niyugan ay Kaunlaran ng Bayan (KAANIB) Project site in Brgy. Lonoy in Sapi-an town to personally see coconut intercropping, animal dispersal and coconut-based furniture projects, among others. (JCM/AAL/PIA6 Capiz)