23 Jun 2005

New coconut research facility for PNG

10:26 am on 23 June 2005

A coconut research facility will be set up in Papua New Guinea's Central province to help farmers improve their production.

Governor Alphonse Moroi has given 33,000 US dollars to the Kokonas Indastri Koporesen to fund the facility which aims to improve the quality of coconut trees.

KIK board chairman Joe Eko, said the province could become another coconut producing area.

He said with improved infrastructure, people could make money for themselves by growing coconut trees.

Mr Eko said they have already applied to get a further 33,000 US dollars for next year.