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Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Posted 4:18 PM by Luigi
Copra in Asia-Pacific: Bad news
By Kalvau Moli
PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, July 6) -- Delegates at the 41st Cocotech meeting at Luganville were told that productivity in the coconut sector has not substantially increased in the past four decades and is experiencing a downturn in some areas.
Addressing yesterday’s meeting, that brought together 14 members countries, Executive Director of Asia Pacific Coconut Community (APCC), Dr. P. Rethinam revealed, "If we look at the world average productivity of copra, productivity it is only 0.89 ton copra/per/ha per year equivalent while the APCC member countries average is only 0.83 ton/copra per ha/per year except for Thailand and Vietnam. He listed most island nations within the pacific region as member countries that have been experiencing down turn in productivity level."
"Vanuatu productivity has dropped from 0.61 tons/per ha/per year to 0.50 over a period of thirty two years.
"In the thirst to find land for growing food crops, as well as to meet the growing demands for housing and industrial needs there is not much scope for horizontal area expansion in many of the coconut growing countries but there is greater scope for consolidation in areas of gap filling like in replanting and under planting thereby increasing the productivity considerably."
He raised the APCC’s concern that market wise, the governments will not be able to do every thing to assist the industry a lot will depend on the private sector, joint ventures and political will in the coconut sector.
The APCC Executive Director also confirmed that he intends to pledge this years APCC convention for year 2005 to be noted as, "year of the coconut."
In adding, he stated, "Over the last two years, the copra prices for copra and coconut oil are going up and all are happy. But as long as we are not increasing the productivity per palm or per unit area, the income increase cannot be a sustainable one."
"I am asking every member country to formulate short term strategy towards making their coconut industry more competitive."
He made an appeal for a joint effort by all member countries to come up with a new road map whereby the coconut production can again be revived.
The four-day meeting, which is held back to back with the APCC’s second coconut festival, was opened by the Interim minister of Trade and Industries, Willie Jimmy Tapangararua who made a pledge to the Coconut community to join hands in the effort to improve and sustain the industry. Regarding Vanuatu's situation, Jimmy made two proposals for assistance asking APCC to help Vanuatu in setting two processing units- one to process coconut husk into fiber.
July 7, 2004
Vanuatu Daily Post: http://www.vanuatudaily.com/
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