The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI) in collaboration with the International Coconut Community (ICC) is organising the 50th International Cocotech Conference and Exhibition 2022 (COCOTECH 2022) starting today (November 7) to November 11 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia has been given the mandate to host this conference with the theme “Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy for a Resilient and Sustainable Coconut AgroIndustry”. COCOTECH 2022 is expected to be attended by a total of 400 participants consisting of delegations from member and non-member countries under the ICC as well as coconut plant experts from around the world.
According to the Deputy Minister (I), YB Datuk Seri Haji Ahmad Hamzah, COCOTECH 2022 will highlight global issues that have an impact on the world’s coconut industry. Among them are the issues of agronomic and genetic adaptation of coconuts to climate change, conservation and use of coconut genetic resources, encouragement for the development of green export of coconut products as well as its importance in improving public health and disease prevention. Discussions and solutions to these issues are expected to strengthen and boost the coconut industry to be resilient and sustainable.
The ICC consists of 20 coconut-producing countries including Malaysia which accounts for more than 90 percent of the world’s coconut production and export. Among other ICC member countries are the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Philippines, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.
To further enliven this conference, as many as 40 exhibits from domestic and foreign companies related to coconut products and services were also exhibited throughout the conference and were open for free to the public starting from 7 to 10 November from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm in Hall 6A and 6B, KLCC.
In addition, Malaysia will also present two papers on November 8 during the 3rd Session entitled IoT Based Smart Irrigation System in Management of Coconut Nurseries. The presentation of the paper was delivered by the Director of the Agricultural Engineering Division, Department of Agriculture Malaysia (DOA), Airul Asmiza, and Good Agricultural Practices in Supporting Coconut Production and Industries by the Research Manager, Unied Plantations Bhd, Mr. Sritharan said.
This conference also opened a presentation room from experts in the coconut field including Mr. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr. from the Philippine Coconut Authority, Philippines, Dr. Joko Purbopspidari University Sam Ratulangi, Indonesia, Dr. Bart Panis, Genetic Resources Conversation, Alliances of Biodiversity International & CIAT, Belgium and Dr. Anitha Karun from India’s ICAR-Central Plantation Crop Research Institute (CPCRI).