Lanao Comrades Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LanCom), a group of former rebels turned entrepreneurs, has started the rehabilitation process of their coco fiber geotextile production in Manga, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte.
With support from EcoWEB for access to capital, Food for Asset support from the UN-World Food Programme, Kolambugan LGU, Provincial Cooperative Office of Lanao del Norte and technical training from DTI.
Coir (coconut fiber) geotextiles are popular for erosion control, slope stabilization and bioengineering, due to the fabric's substantial mechanical strength. Coir geotextiles last approximately 3 to 5 years depending on the fabric weight. The product degrades into humus, enriching the soil. [Wikipedia]
"It has been 4 years since we last enjoyed the bounty of our Lanzones here in Lakewood", said Doming, a farmer Subanen leader who has been an advocate of Organic Farming. Pest infestation was the cause cited by the fruit farmers' misfortune for the past 4 years. Hence, upon hearing about the Ecorganic products of EcoWEB last February 2014, he eagerly tested the product on his Lanzones and other fruits. He also shared some of the products to Gen, another fruit farmer in Lakewood. Applying only 4 kilos of Ecorganic soil nutrient to his big Lanzones tree, Gen could not believe that it could make the tree bear bunches of fruits again. Lanzones, a major cash crop in Lakewood is still suffering pest infestation until at present resulting to non-bearing of fruits.