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You Put the Lime in the Coconut

Bali Proposed as a World Center for Coconut Research.

(4/19/2004) The National Center for the Study and Development of Plantation Agriculture has proposed to the Government of Bali that a 200-hectare research and development center for coconuts be established on the island.

In meetings held with Bali's Vice-Governor, Mr. Kesuma Kelakan, on Thursday, April 15, 2004, a representative from the National Plantation Center in Bogor, West Java, suggested that the proposed center could be home to more than 200 of the 1,400 separate species of coconut known in the world, doubling the current 100 species found in Indonesia.

Eventually, the site would serve as a research and study center for agriculturalists, a development locus for new products derived from the coconut, and a tourist attraction open to visitors to Bali.

While the proposal was enthusiastically received by the Vice-Governor, a number of hurdles remain including finding a suitable location from among the suggested sites in Jembrana, Buleleng and Karangasem and socializing the idea to local populations to assure its future success.