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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 30, 2000 – Post Courier)---Copra and cocoa rehabilitation is the best way to support the population of Bougainville.

It could be a great help towards the peace process, European Union head Dr. Juan Carlos Rey said in Port Moresby yesterday.

He said agriculture deserves priority from both the government and the beneficiaries. And five years from now economic explosion should be expected depending on the islanders' involvement on copra, cocoa and agriculture.

Dr. Rey said his recent visit to Bougainville was to help identify and find best ways to support the people on the island.

He said in a survey carried out recently, rehabilitation of copra and cocoa was the main problem facing the island, especially the atolls.

He said K20 million (US$ 7,550,000) from the European Union has been allocated for the rehabilitation project.

More than 78,000 coconut seedlings are ready to be transported by the PNG Coconut and Cocoa Research Institute in Madang to various locations on Bougainville. Of that 25,000 seedlings will be taken to Nissan Island.

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