September 10. International Year
of Natural Fibers
Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 14.
Horizontal Strips of 4, Sheets of 40 (4 x
Se-tenant Strips of Four
(25,000 + 12,500 additional order)
7p Piña Barong and
7p Abaca Bags and Hats
7p Abaca-based Philippine Currency
7p Abaca Cordage
First Day Covers: Manila
UNITED NATIONS' INTERNATIONAL
YEAR OF NATURAL FIBERS
Each year, farmers harvest around 35 million
tons of natural fibers from a wide range of plants and animals –
from sheep, rabbits, goats, camels and alpacas, from cotton bolls,
abaca and sisal leaves and coconut husks, and from the stalks of
jute, hemp, flax and ramie plants. Those fibers form fabrics, ropes
and twines that have been fundamental to society since the dawn of
But over the past half century, natural fibers
have been displaced in our clothing, household furnishings,
industries and agriculture by man-made fibers with names like
acrylic, nylon, polyester and polypropylene. The success of
synthetics is due mainly to cost. Unlike natural fibers harvested by
farmers, commonly used synthetic fibers are mass produced from
petrochemicals to uniform strengths, lengths and colours, easily
customized to specific applications.
The Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) under Department
of Agriculture (DA) commenced with a Farmers’ Field Day celebration
in Kalibo, Aklan for the International Year of Natural Fibers (IYNF)
Aklan Governor Carlito Marquez urged the farmers to discover
various uses of abaca and other commercial fibers by participating
in activities of IYNF, which began on April 21, and other FIDA
He said Aklan plans to invite investors who will put up pulp
mills and generate more income for people.
The provincial government also has a "Plant Now, Pay Later"
Program for abaca expansion in Libacao, Banga, Madalag, Ibajay,
Altavas, Balete and Makato municipalities, he noted.
FIDA Administrator Cecilia Gloria J. Soriano cited IYNF’s
objectives — to raise awareness and stimulate demand for natural
fibers; and encourage from governments appropriate policy responses
on problems faced by natural fiber industries as well as to foster
an effective and enduring international partnership among these
IYNF also aims to enhance efficiency and sustainability of the
natural fibers industries.