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Directorate of Technical Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Indonesia in cooperation with Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM CSSTC) and Palmae Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture Indonesia, successfully held the International Training on Coconut Product Development in Manado starting from May 27 until June 3, 2016. The training was involving 36 participants from 13 Asian Pacific countries including Mr. Toje Jabjulan from Marshall Islands and Mr. JB Nagata from Palau.


For the 8 days, the participants have learned various coconut processing techniques to develop the coconut to become a high economic value product. The researchers of the Palmae Research Institute, which becomes the main lecturer on the training, have transferred several coconut processing methods into final products such as virgin coconut oil (VCO), coconut cooking oil, coconut coir product, organic fertilizer, soap and body butter. They also taught various food product processing including ice cream, coconut sugar, jam, chip, and nata de coco.


The participants do not only gain their knowledge through class session, but also by doing practical training in the farm and laboratory. The participants were invited to observe the desiccated coconut industry of PT. Royal Coconut which is known for exporting their product up to Middle East and European countries. The participants also visited Technical Training and Education Centre of Kaaten to see the furniture industry based from the coconut wood material.


Besides acquiring new knowledge and skills, the participants had a chance to visit Bunaken, a tourism object in Manado, well-known for its beautiful underwater scenery. They were introduced to the small and medium enterprises sector of the city and had a chance to taste the local culinary through the city tour program.


In the field of coconut product development, Indonesia currently is the largest coconut producing country in the world with total production reaching 1.2 million tonnes per year. Indonesia itself is actively engaged in the Asian Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) as the leading forum of coconut trading internationally. The International Training on Coconut Product Development in Manado is a clear evidence of Indonesia’s contribution to the development of coconut industry for the APCC’s members particularly the developing countries.


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