Virtual 49th International COCOTECH Conference & Exhibition
30 August-2 September 2021
“Promoting Smart Farming, Eco-Friendly and Innovative Technologies for Sustainable
Coconut Development”


Jakarta Time

Monday, 30 August 2021
07:00 – 08:00 Registration
08:00 – 09:00 Inaugural Session (Refer to separate program sheet)
  1st Session: Policies and Programs Promoting Sustainable Coconut Development
  Session Chairman: Mr. Tilafono David Hunter, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Forests & Fisheries, Samoa
09:00 – 09:15 National Program and Policies for the Sustainable Coconut Development in the PhilippinesMr. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., Administrator, Philippines Coconut Authority, Philippines
09:15 – 09:30 Strengthening National Program on Coconut Revitalization in IndonesiaDr. H. Syahrul Yasin Limpo, S.H. M.Si, MH, Minister of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture Republic of Indonesia
09:30 – 09:45 Managing Coconut Supply Stability, Cost and Quality in a Smart Farming SystemMrs. Deepthi S. Nair, Deputy Director(Marketing) Coconut Development Board, India
09:45 – 10:00 Open Forum & Discussion
  2nd Session: Recent Scientific Evidence on Health Benefits of Coconut Based-Products
  Session Chairman: Mr. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., Administrator, Philippines Coconut Authority, Philippines
10:00 – 10:15 Does Cocomut Oil Have a Role againts Covid-19?Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Ateneo de Manila University and Chairman ICC Scientific Advisory Committee on Health, Manila, Philippines
10:15 – 10:30 Updates on Coconut Products and Alzheimer’s Disease- Dr. Ralph Martin , Foundation Professor and Inaugural Chair in Ageing and Alzheimer’s Disease, School of Medical Science, Australia.
10:30 – 10:40 Mr. Shashank Garg - Gemtech Projects LLP, Kolkata India
10:40 – 11:00 Open Forum & Discussion
Tuesday, 31 August 2021
3rd Session: Enhancing the Competitiveness of Coconut-Based Products in the era of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA)
Session Chairman: Ms. Karen Mapusua, Director, Land Resources Division, Pacific Community, Fiji
08:00 – 08:15 Importance of Quality Standards and Product Certification for Potential Marketing of Coconut ProductsDr. C. Anandharamakrishnan, Director, Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India
08:15 – 08:30 Coconut Oil as Feedstock of SAP (Sustainable Aviation Fuel):Potential, Challenges and Strategies for Future Development Dr. Suyoto Rais, Chairman, Indonesia -Japan Business Network, Jakarta
08:30 – 08:45 Organic Coconut Plantation and Products: Challenges and Opportunities to Enhance Competitiveness in Global MarketMr. Gerd Walkircher, P.T. Bionesia Organic Foods, Indonesia
08:45 – 09:00 Online Tool for visualizing and Analyzing Trade Integration, (RIVA Value chain analysis), Ms. Witada Anukoonwattaka, Economic Affairs Officer. Trade Policy & Facilitation Section , Investment & Innovation Division UNESCAP
09:00 – 09:30 Open Forum/Discussion
4th Session: Advanced Technologies for Supporting Adequate Supply of Raw Materials to Meet Current and Future Demand for Coconut-Based Products
Session Chairman: Vincent Johnson, ICC-COGENT Coordinator
09:30 – 09:45 Clonal Propagation of Elite Coconut Cultivars using Axillary invitro Shoot MultiplicationDr. Bart Panis, Senior Scientist, Alliance of Bioversity International CIAT, Belgium
09:45 – 10:00 Potency and Challenges of Coconut MicropropagationDr. Steve Adkins, Expert in Plant Physiology, Australia
10:00 – 10:15 Coconut Micropropagation: Strategy to Meet Global DemandDr. Carlos Oropeza, Senior Researcher, CICY, Mexico
10:15 – 10:30 The Prerequisite for the Success of Coconut Micro Propagation Through Tissue CultureDr Anitha Karun, Acting Director and Breeder, ICAR- Central Plantation Crop Research Institute (CPCRI), Kerala, India
10:30 – 10:40 Mr. Viraj Bagaria, Director, T&I Global, Coimbatore, India
10:40 – 11:00 Open Forum/Discussion
Wednesday, 1 September 2021
5th Session: Strategies for Ensuring Sustainable Demand for Coconut as Functional Foods, Nutraceutical, Pharmaceutical, Cosmeceutical and Environmental Friendly Products
Session Chairman: Mr. Mr. Amrizal Idroes Co-Founder, Indonesian Coconut Products Manufacturer Association
08:00 – 08:15 Outlook of Coconut Products Market Demand - Mr. Tomas B. Medina, President & CEO, Brand Exports, Philippines
08:15 – 08:30 Coconut Flour as a Functional Food/Ingredient: Future PerspectivesDr.Domina Esther M. Nkuba, Senior Research Scientist (Nutritionist), Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Tanzania
08:30 – 08:45 Challenges and Prospects in the sector of Coconut Shell Charcoal Activated Carbon and Coconut Shell CharcoalMr Yves Debayles, President Asia, Jacobi Carbon, Singapore
08:45 – 09:00 Processing of Coir and Coir based Products and its Market Potential -Indian ScenarioDr. Anita Das Ravindranath, Former Deputy Director, Coir Board, India
09:00 – 09:15 Roundtable On Sustainable Coconut Development- Mr. Gregory Bardies, Co-Founder of Roundtable on Sustainable Coconut, Singapore
09:15 – 09:30 Open Forum & Discussion
6th Session: Smart farming and adaptation Strategies to Climate Change for Sustaining Coconut Production and Increasing Farm Productivity
Session Chairman: Dr. Lalith Perera, Additional Director, Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka
09:30 – 09:45 Smart Farming Practices for Sustainable Coconut Development in ThailandMrs. Supattra Lertwattanakiat, Senior Fruit Expert, Horticultural Research Institute, Thailand
09:45 – 10:00 Efficient Coconut Farming System for Increasing Coconut ProductionMr. Mohd Ibrahim Basri, Assistant Director, Department of Agriculture Malaysia
10:00 – 10:15 Increasing Coconut and Farm ProductivityDr. Hengky Novarianto, Senior Scientist, Indonesian Palm Crops Research Institute, Manado, Indonesia
10:15 – 10:30 Mitigating the Impacts of Climate Change on Coconut Plantations through the Use of Mucuna Cover Crop-Dr. Rohit Lal,Senior Research Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji
10:30 – 10:40 Goma Engineering PVT LTD., Mumbai, India
10:40 – 11:00 Open Forum/Discussion
Thursday, 2 September 2021
World Coconut Day celebration
Address Mr. John Simon, MP, Minister of Agriculture & Livestock, Papua
New Guinea & ICC-Chairman
Announcement of Competition Winners
Playing of Prize Winning Video
7th Session: Innovative Strategies for Preventing Economic Losses Caused by Pests and Diseases
Session Chairman: Ms. Erlene Manohar, Deputy Administrator (Research), Philippines Coconut Authority
09:00 – 09:15 Innovative Science & Technology to Deliver Solutions to the ICC’s Greatest Challenge – where are we at now?Dr. Wee Tek Tay, Senior Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia.
09:15 – 09:30 Homogeneity of the 16S Rrna Genes in the Coconut Lethal Yellowing Phytoplasma in JamaicaDr. Wayne Myrie, Plant Pathologist, Coconut Industry Board, Jamaica
09:30 – 09:45 Technologies for Management of Rhynchoporus ferruginous in IndonesiaDr. Meldy L.A. Hosang, Head Crop Protection Division, IPCRI, Manado, Indonesia
09:45 – 10:00 The Strategies of Controlling Weligama Coconut Leaf Wilt Disease and its Current Status in Sri LankaDr. Rohana Wijesekera, Head, Crop Protection Division, CRI, Sri Lanka
10:00 – 10:15 Open Forum & Discussion
10:15 – 11:00 Closing Session: Meeting of Delegates: Adoption of Conference Recommendations & 49th International COCOTECH Conference
Session Chairman: Mr. Alan Aku, Managing Director, Kokanas Indastri Koporesen (KIK), NLO for Papua New Guinea, and Chair of ICC 2021

Agenda Items:

1. Remarks by National Ministers/NLOs Present
2. Adoption of Recommendations from 49th International COCOTECH Conference
3. Announcement of the 50th International COCOTECH Conference 2022
4. Acceptance Speech by Host of 50th International COCOTECH Conference
5. Vote of thanks by Executive Director, ICC
6. Adjournment