The National Planning Department has allocated funds to Kokonas Indastri Koporesen to continue the Project to safeguard and preserve coconut species from the major threat to coconuts. The Bogia Coconut Syndrome has killed hundreds of coconut palm trees and bananas in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea.
This week the National Planning Department allocated K1 million to Kokonas Indastri Koporesen to continue their ongoing projects to protect plus preserve the coconut species in the country.
The secretary for the National Planning Department, Koney Samuel said, this funding is to assist KIK in eliminating the coconut syndrome. National Planning Minister, Richard Maru said due to Bogia Coconut Syndrome and the threat it poses to coconut planting materials at its Gene bank, and Research center will be relocated to Milne Bay Province.
Kokonas Indastri Koporesen during the past years has been carrying out research into preventing the outbreak of the disease and also projects which will preserve the coconut species from BCS. The projects which KIK is currently undertaking are as follows;
- Relocation of the Coconut Genebank to Punipuni, Milne Bay Province.
- A pre-entry quarantine nursery at Kelababala, Misima Island –
- Misima Island is an ideal location for the pre – entry quarantine because it is isolated and is disease free unlike the previous location in Madang Province which was easier for the disease to spread on the mainland of Papua New Guinea.
- The collection of Coconut Ascensions from the Southern Region, Island Region and Momase Region to be quarantined at Misima Island before transferring grown seedlings to Punipuni Gene bank, Milne Bay Province.
The Kokonas Indastri Koporesen will now continue their projects to safeguard and preserve the coconut species in the country.