KIRIBATI SEEKS TO IMPROVE COCONUT BY-PRODUCTS INDUSTRY

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TARAWA, Kiribati (November 1, 1998 - PACNEWS/Amy)---Kiribati's Business Advisory Center has established a new set of business requirements designed to improve the Micronesian nation's coconut tree by-products industry.

Kiribati uses the trees to make furniture, weavings, juice products and cord.

Commerce and Trade Officer Tiare Erekana said first on the requirement list is acquisition of proper containers for extracted juice, used to make such products as coconut milk, toddy syrup, cooking oil, body oil, and sour toddy.

Meanwhile, the Coconut Tree Business Committee, which represents businessmen dealing with coconut tree by-products, has asked the Development Bank of Kiribati to conduct a workshop for business people on how to acquire loans and manage coconut-related businesses effectively.

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