Having the largest plantation area of coconut trees, Indonesia still has a lot of potential to fulfill the rising demand of coconut and coconut products around the world.
In the matter of quantity, Indonesia ranks first amongst the producing countries in the world, replacing Brazil since 2011.
In the matter of quality, Indonesia has what it takes to give the best, from soil, climate, and all the necessities to grow this “tree of life”.
This amazing plant has been one of Indonesian strategic commodities to be developed. It is very efficient for product diversification and it is also a main source for many household, especially in rural area. So, it promotes rural development, sustainable farming, and healthy consumers.
Nowadays, even though with huge domestic consumption, Indonesia is still one of the main player in the export market of coconut and coconut products.
Coconut production plays an important role in the national economy of Indonesia.
In 2014 Indonesia had a total of 3.6 million hectares of coconut plantations, more than 90 per cent of it farmed by smallholders working an average of just 1.5 hectares each.
Cocos nucifera is found in all tropical and subtropical regions. It grows in many habitats at 0–600m near the equator. The crop itself can be easily grown in equator area – the facts that Indonesia is a country that is passed by the equator line and known as the second country with the longest beach line in the world has been helping Indonesia to become one of the biggest coconut producers in the world.
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