23 Oct 2013

Copra production in Marshalls hits five-year high

11:53 am on 23 October 2013

Copra production in the Marshall Islands has hit a five-year high during the fiscal year 2013, with over 7 thousand tons recorded by the Majuro-based Tobolar Copra Processing Authority.

It's only the fourth year since copra tonnage records began in 1951 that Marshalls producers have surpassed the 7,000 ton figure.

Copra production in the Marshall Islands depends on shipping because the dried coconut meat must be transported to the processing mill in Majuro.

Our correspondent in the Marshalls says frequent ship service translates directly to higher copra tonnage since copra makers are continuously preparing the dried coconut meat for market, but often cannot get it to market.