SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, Sept. 23 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently handed-over the License to Operate (LTO) approved by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to Kaagap Multi-Purpose Cooperative (KAAGAPMUCO) for its Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) project during the Coconut Farmers Congress held at San Francisco Municipal Gymnasium, this province.
The issuance of LTO to KAAGAPMUCO is said to be the first in DAR Caraga Region. The coop took pride in becoming globally competitive being an importer, distributor, wholesaler and manufacturer of VCO products.
For KAAGAPMUCO, acquiring the said LTO was not just a walk in the park. The documentation process was tedious and the compliance to the building specifications was also very stringent. It took them eight months to finally complete the documents and submit to FDA Caraga Regional Office. Availability of funds for the renovation of production plant that conforms with the FDA specifications, schedule of laboratory testing, site inspection by FDA personnel were just some of the factors to consider in the delay.
With the assistance from the DAR Agusan del Sur thru the Program Beneficiaries Development Division in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur, the coop was able to pass the entire documents required.
“We are very happy that finally we already received what we aimed for a long time. Right now we are in the process of negotiating with prospective buyers here and abroad,” expressed Maximino Robles Jr., manager of KAAGAPMUCO.
VCO is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. Aside from its perceptible nutty aroma, it is recognized to be the purest form of coconut oil, being chemical and additive free. It is higher in vitamin content, antioxidants and minerals. Because of its wide range of market demand nowadays, the members of KAAGAPMUCO are hopeful that their VCO products will also be recognized globally. (Corine G. Munion, DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)