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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Posted 9:25 PM by Luigi
Many by-products from coconut oil
BY BAEAU TAIPAPUA, The National
New Guinea's coconut industry badly needs a marketing infrastructure with a network of entrepreneurs to bring the farmers' produce to the market as finished goods."The industry needs to identify potential entrepreneurs who with training and finance can develop a marketing infrastructure that works with economies of scale to benefit the growers," said Dennis Hill, managing director of Tropic Frond Oils Ltd at Kerevat.
Speaking on "Downstream processing and marketing of coconut products" at the coconut seminar in Port Moresby, Mr Hill said if the industry is serious about downstream processing of its coconuts, "then we have to be able to produce products to a standard that is equal or superior to available products in the market, not only of the product itself, but its packaging, presentation and marketing and advertising".
Tropic Frond Oils is taking steps to increase production of virgin oil. "We believe there is a market out there but the value adding may well be in producing an edible product in its final retail packaged form."The real potential however will not be in virgin coconut oil but in certified organic virgin coconut oil," he said.Tropic Fronds plant includes three-tonne per day copra oil mill and a soap making plant with a capacity of five-tonne per day.
"Needless to say we do not operate these plants at full capacity. We started the company 11 years ago with the objective of exploring commercial opportunities for the downstream processing of copra.""Most people would be familiar with the "Curls" range of skin and hair care products, which are sold throughout PNG and with some exports to Australia and the Solomon Islands.""We took a traditional product, improved upon it, packaged it, branded it, advertised it, and made it a relevant accessory for the 21st century," Mt Hill said.
"We are proud to have brought an ancient custom into the mainstream of urban life in PNG. Our 'Vulcan soap' would not be well known here in Port Moresby ... in fact anywhere outside the New Guinea Islands region, and while it is an excellent product when we talk about downstream processing, we must remember that there are other competing products in the market," he said.
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