NAM CSSTC Encouraged Collaborative Activities to Tap Growing Market Interest in Coconut Products
13 representatives of countries in the Asia and Pacific Regions learnt about coconut development at four day-long workshop in Manado.
The workshop, organized by Directorate of Technical Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Indonesia Palma Crops Research Institute, deliberated on the coconut development program and nutraceutical, health, and beauty benefits of coconut products. It also deliberated on quality and safety standard, market and trade of coconut products, Director of NAM CSSTC, H.E. Prianti Gagarin Djatmiko Singgih, told our media team.
“Each country was represented by people from various institutions, range from the agriculture officers, scientists, researchers, private sectors to experts from representatives of the developing countries – and the great interest shown by the participants of the Workshop has been evident,” she said.
H.E. Prianti said these participants discussed specifically on capacity building training and technical assistance needs to improve coconut farming techniques, research for the development of new commodities and a mentoring program for developing new business models in the coconut sector.
“There are six seasons in my country, so it requires extra efforts to grow crops. I hope this workshop will provide methods to increase coconut productivity,” Anjan Kumar Das, participant from Bangladesh, who attended the workshop, said.
The workshop also provided method to develop coconut productivity through the use of improve seed and technical culture through selection of coconut germplasm, evaluation and utilization in coconut breeding program, H.E. Prianti said.
“We encouraged regional and international bodies to have more collaborative activities to tap growing market interest in coconut products with high value through realization of gene banks to develop high-yielding varieties, more secure planting materials and development of research for health benefit of coconut products,” H.E. Prianti said.
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