Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Village – Copra (post by Bill & Liz)

Copra is another cash crop in PNG, which comes from coconuts. Coconut trees are grown in coastal areas.

The mature coconuts are collected and then husked on a metal spike to remove the outer shell.

Husking a coconut:

The husked coconuts are then broken in half and put into a drying hut for a couple of weeks until the coconut flesh has dried sufficiently.

Splitting a coconut:

After they have been dried, the coconuts are chopped up into smaller chunks for packing. Then they are transported into Madang to the copra processing factory.

Julie and Bill enjoyed chopping up the dried coconuts and managed not to lose any fingers in the process!

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