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Coconut centre opening hinges on machines

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Salaseini Vosamana  Sunday, November 11, 2012

THE proposed whole nut processing centre in Mua, Taveuni is expected to be opened soon with the hope of educating people on the use of coconut for sources of income.

Apart from copra production, people can also learn ways of utilising the other parts of the commodity to produce virgin coconut oil, soap, vinegar, handicraft items and ornamental jewellery for sale.

While the opening date of the centre is yet to be revealed, principal agriculture officer northern John Cox said such a project would greatly benefit people in the north.

"We are still waiting for some other machines that will help educate those who will learn at the centre," Mr Cox said.

"Interested participants will be trained on how to produce virgin coconut oil, activated carbon, soap and other coconut products. This will not only help in the restructure of the coconut industry but also generate sources of income for their own families."

Mr Cox said the centre was one of the many projects outlined by the Department of Agriculture as government aimed to ensure maximum returns was circulated within the economy.

  

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