PROJECT LOCATION: Poblacion, Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte
A. PROJECT OVERVIEW
Coconut sap sugar is an emerging high-value product that gained popularity because of its health benefits. It has a very low Glycemic Index making it a great natural sweetener for diabetics and those with family history of diabetes.
Processing this novel product is an economic opportunity which can be feasibly operated at the Municipality of Mutia which is predominantly coconut planted-area and where our 4 hectare ancestral land is located.
The province of Zamboanga del Norte is predominantly planted to coconut trees being the second largest coconut producing province nationwide. The municipality of Mutia typifies this agricultural landscape having coconut as its major crop. Prompted by the emergence of local and international market demands for coconut sugar, our family has decided to invest on this new business venture. Moreover, many of our coconut plantation workers are distant relatives or acquaintances whom we’ve developed close ties through years of working together, our family are also inclined help workers by giving them better avenues of financial gains.
Transforming the coconut sap to sugar granules is appropriate and best adapted to a farm-level or medium scale enterprise. It is a good and sustainable source of immediate income for with an increasing demand both in the local and international markets.
To realize this, the project should undergo two major phases. First, the establishment of Aromatic variety in our family owned land. The unique characteristic of this variety makes it the best source of coconut sap for sugar processing.
Almost halfway to the field establishments commences the construction of the village-type processing plant for coconut sap sugar. Freshness of the sap is a key factor to caramelization process, hence proximity of the source of raw materials to the processing plant should be considered. Our family will also provide the lot and labor for the processing plant.
The second phase, coconut sugar production, will start upon completion of the processing plant. Initially, it will utilize the coconut sap from existing coconut trees in the area while waiting for the Aromatic variety to mature.
General, this new business venture aims liberate our decades long of dependency on copra production through optimum utilization of coco-based resources.
Specifically, the project also aims to achieve the following:
a. Develop other coconut by-products into profitable and sustainable business ventures such as sugar, syrup, juice and etc.
b. Promote local employment by generating a number jobs on a regular basis. 5. Expected Project Benefits & Outcomes:
Two years after planting the Aromatic variety seedlings, it is expected to have reached its productive stage - bearing nuts and producing sap. Earnings from fresh sap per tree are estimated at P768.00 per month. Similarly, young nuts for buko juice will contribute a minimum of P150.00 per tree every two months. This addition is already a huge contribution and great advantage to the meager income from copra production being realized only every three months. More importantly, this venture will also create employment opportunities for the locales in the area.
6. Project Innovation
One of the major drawbacks of coconut sugar production is the sap collection. Using the dwarf Aromatic variety eliminates the dangers of tapping the inflorescence of tall coconut trees making it more convenient and hassle free. This motivates farmers to deliver fresh sap regularly to the processing center ensuring continuous production output.
Other than sugar, it is also recommended to process the sap collected early in the morning into syrup which proved to be just as sellable like its granulated form. Early morning...