International Year of Natural Fibres, 2009

A friend mentioned to me this morning to feature the UN General Assembly resolution declaring 2009 as the Year of Natural Fibers, for purposes of increasing public awareness. Although it's barely two months away before the end of year 2009. I am compelled to post it, considering that our province, Catanduanes is Philippines' top-producer of this natural fiber called, abaca or Manila hemp.

The General Assembly,

Noting resolution 3/2005 of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, adopted on 25 November 2005,

Noting also that the diverse range of natural fibres produced in many countries provides an important source of income for farmers, and thus can play an important role in contributing to food security and in eradicating poverty and hence in contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,
  1. Decides to declare 2009 the International Year of Natural Fibres;
  2. Invites the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to facilitate the observance of the Year, in collaboration with Governments, regional and international organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and relevant organizations of the United Nations system, and also invites the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to keep the General Assembly informed of progress made in this regard;
  3. Calls upon Governments and relevant regional and international organizations to make voluntary contributions and to lend other forms of support to the Year;
  4. Invites non-governmental organizations and the private sector to make voluntary contributions to and to support the Year;
  5. Encourages all Governments, the United Nations system and all other actors to take advantage of the Year in order to increase awareness of the importance of these natural products.
20 December 2006

  • Trade Fair Showcases Bicol's Agri-Based Products - the fair is promoting market linkages with the players in the travel industry, trade buyers and investors to further boost Bicol’s tourism, trade and investment potentials.
  • Catanduanes Remains Top Abaca Producing Province - Abaca-fiber production in the country’s top abaca-producing province from January to May 2009 went up by 22 percent to 8,646.32 metric tons (MT).
  • Abaca Fiber Exports May Hit $80 M - Philippine export earnings from abaca fiber and manufactures are projected to reach $80 million in 2009, slightly lower than last year’s $100 million, although demand for such products in markets abroad remains strong.