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Philippine Tropical Fabrics from Pineapple, Banana and Abaca*
Philippine Tropical Fabrics from Pineapple and Banana by Nora Mangalindan, Chief, R&D, PTRI, DOST 1. In the Philippines, 58,823.38 hectares planted to pineapple mainly in Davao, Northern Mindanao, and Eastern Visayas. There are 446,370.85 hectares planted to banana mainly in Cotabato, Northern Mindanao, Bukidnon and Bicol. 2. Advantages in Use of Pineapple and Banana Fibers: Biodegradable and sustainable Environment friendly and ecologically sound Converts agri farm wastes into added value products Equal or better performance in fiber and fabric properties High potential for apparels, home textiles, upholsteries, non-woven and industrial fabrics 3. Republic Act 9242, Use of Philippine Tropical Fabrics for Official Uniform of Public Officials and Employees, 10 Feb 2004. Estimated number of government employees: 1,460,047 At conservative 2 yards/employee/year: 2.8M yards demand (captive market) Employment generation for the agri sector and textile and garment industries 4. Pre-treatment of fibers from pineapple leaves and banana trunks using chemical and mechanical processes 6. Banana fiber P80/ kilo while pineapple is P250/kilo. 7. There is an industry gap for the supply of treated fibers for the yarn manufacturing sector. 8. The country has 3 big mills. Their capacities are too huge. There was a suggestion to focus on exotic fibers for the high end market. Establish connectivity and convergence in the value chain. Not to look at designing only but developing the creative industries. Practice clustering. Buyers need the right product, with the right price at the right time. 9. Please see www.map-abcdf.com for the complete presentation under Resources, Meetings. Thank you.