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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Posted 12:56 PM by Tevita
Coconut oil exports for 2009 to decline
From : Business Mirror
Written by Jennifer A. Ng / Reporter
Monday, 19 January 2009 21:07
THE country’s exports of coconut oil (CNO) may decline by 0.7 percent to 835,000 metric tons (MT) in 2009, from the estimated 840,547 MT last year due to an increase in demand for CNO in the domestic market, especially for biodiesel feedstock.
The United Coconut Associations of the Philippines Inc. (UCAP) also projected that exports of all coconut products will decline by 0.8 percent to 1.619 million metric tons (MMT) in copra terms, from the estimated 1.632 MMT shipped out last year due to a need to boost stocks, which had been sharply depleted.
In a statement posted on its web site, UCAP said shipments of oleochemicals will also decline by 9 percent to 80,000 MT this year, from the estimated 87,952 MT shipped out last year.
UCAP said shipments of all other coconut products will post increases this year. Exports of dessicated coconut will go up by 1.8 percent to 138,000 MT, from 135,609 MT, while copra meal will post an increase of 4.5 percent to 460,000, from 440,066 MT in 2008.
Coconut production for 2009, UCAP projected, will go up by 5.4 percent to 2.516 MMT, from the 2008 output estimated initially at 2.386 MMT.
UCAP said the projection was based on much improved weather conditions in 2008 with rainfall levels in coconut-growing regions at mostly above normal. The group noted that the continuous above-normal rains during the first semester of the year which usually record lower precipitation level, most of the time below normal in the first quarter.
The Philippines is eyeing to ship out at least 1 MMT of coconut oil CNO in 2009 as it expects the demand for the commodity will recover in 2009, an official of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) said earlier.
PCA deputy administrator Arturo Liquete said shipments of the country’s top farm export could rebound this year, especially if the global economic situation improves.
Liquete and UCAP had earlier admitted that the country will have a hard time achieving its target of shipping out 1 MMT of coconut oil last year because of the global economic slump.
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