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Finally, the Coconut World concept could be further developed or diversified by using other crops but the location would need to suit their growth. Cocoa and vanilla growing under coconut would be a popular combination of plants to show to tourists. Other tropical crops like rubber and various orna- mental palms could also enrich the park. Facilities, products and services Coconut World would provide the visitor with a good insight into the growing, harvesting, processing and production of a diverse range of end products from coconut. It could also be used as a showcase for coconut-related technologies from around the world, including some Australian inventions such as the Direct Micro Expelling apparatus, the Coconet, the Cocotap, the Kernel Extraction Knife. Many other products and services could also be made available in the park if necessary. The list below, which has been presented else- where (Samosir et al. 2004a, b), gives some idea as to possible requirements of the Coconut World concept:
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85 From: Adkins, S.W., Foale, M. and Samosir, Y.M.S. (eds) 2006. Coconut revival—new possibilities for the ‘tree of life’. Proceedings of the International Coconut Forum held in Cairns, Australia, 22–24 November 2005. ACIAR Proceedings No. 125. • a coconut garden with beautiful landscaping consisting of selected palms with public appeal • a coconut plantation showcasing various intercropping, monoculture and mixed farming systems a germplasm collection which may be part of the International Coconut Genebank (ICG). The collection may serve as a backup to the five ICGs, particularly to conserve rare and endangered germplasm from around the world including the wild coconut types from Cocos (Keeling) Islands • an ability to grow other tropical crops such as rubber, cocoa, oil palm and tropical fruits (rambutan, durian, jack fruit etc) a coconut house constructed largely with coconut wood for housing exhibitions and a museum • promotional activities on the value of coconut products and technologies training of hobbyists in the art of growing coconut and the technologies that are used in producing coconut products coconut games and skill competitions such as ‘U pick’ a coconut, coconut survival, dehusking, splitting and kernel cutting coconut shows and talks—history, nursery, copra making, oil extraction, sap tapping, soap making, brown sugar making, cooking, craft making, health etc. • other shows and talks on tropical plantations (rubber, cocoa and fruits) and culture • guided tour to plantations (coconut, rubber, oil palm, coffee, cocoa and fruits) and factories coconut tower (coconut fruit-like tower as the icon and to provide a scenic view) accommodation in the form of a hotel-resort or cottage • restaurant serving various foods and drinks including coconut-based ones rides and thrills • shops selling various products, souvenirs, seedlings, artworks and books venue and facilities for functions and conferences walking track and adventure playground picnic ground
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