More About Abaca

Abaca is also commonly known as Manila hemp, Cebu hemp or Davao hemp even though the plant itself is not related to true hemp.  Speaking of hemp, during World War II, many of the abaca farms in the Philippines were destroyed.  The U.S. Navy, lacking in a sufficient supply of strong marine cordage, began using cannabis hemp (commonly known as marijuana).  In a related effort to broaden the supply, the U.S. Department of Agriculture supported programs to cultivate abaca in central and south america.  Despite these efforts,  only Ecuador continues to produce abaca in commerically exportable quantities.  (http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/feb/01/yehey/top_stories/20090201top5.html and  http://hubpages.com/hub/Abaca-program-aims-to-keep-RP-number-one

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