About Us

More about the who, what & why

What We Do

To prevent the complete collapse of the coconut industry worldwide, there is an urgent need to provide a substantial quantity of new seedlings for planting.

The Somatic Embryogenesis (SE) technique first developed in the Philippines and recently refined at the University of Queensland (UQ), successfully produces coconut varieties on a moderate scale. KokoNiu in collaboration with UQ aims to improve the capacity of this protocol to multiply material from resistant or tolerant plants, to provide a means to achieve this outcome.

The future of global coconut production and livelihoods critically depends on the availability of genetic diversity and the sustainable use of this broad genetic base to breed improved varieties on a scale required to provide an average of 12 Million seedlings per country per year for the next 20 years.

KokoNiu aims to dominate this space by establishing a CTC Laboratory to enable rapid multiplication of commercially valuable varieties. This technological advancement will enable mass production of quality planting material that would accelerate planting programs desired by many countries.

The Company plans to set up its own CTC Laboratory to produce elite ‘true to type’ coconut plants for the domestic and international markets. Establish Australia’s first coconut plantation with the purchase of 300+ ha of farmlands in Northern Australia along with an attached nursery to supply other farmers and JV partners with sufficient plants.

Once the plantation has been established the Company plans to design and build a fully integrated, state of the art, processing plant to supply a diverse range of premium Australian made coconut products for domestic and international use

Overview of the Vertical Integrated Businesses

CTC Laboratory

Produced ‘elite’ coconut plantlets (12 months) are then moved to the Nursery.

Nursery

Acclimatised coconut plants (6 months) are then ready for planting​

Plantations

Coconut plants begin to produce coconuts (24+ months).

Processing Plant

Locally grown raw coconuts are processed into premium coconut products.

Coconut palms in nursery

The Why

With diligent management over the next five years the Company will be in a position to:

  • Be the world’s first to successfully commercialise the somatic micropropagation technology of ‘true to type’ coconut plants through a proven tissue culture protocol
  • Own Australia’s largest CTC Laboratory specialising in producing ‘elite’ coconut varieties
  • Operate a number of Company owned coconut plantations (300+ha) as well as other plantations through potential JV partnerships
  • Oversee a large-scale Nursery to service the requirements for the supply of ‘elite’ coconut plants domestically
  • Produce a harvest of approximately 12 million coconuts from the company owned plantations per year* for sale to domestic and international markets
  • Design and build a fully integrated processing plant fully funded from the proceeds generated from the operating cashflows in years six and eight
  • Provide a Centre of Excellence which showcases, not only a range of our premium Australian made coconut products but to also highlight the benefits of transitioning other farmlands into lucrative coconut producing plantations
  • Enter into contractual arrangements with these new plantations to buy a percentage of their coconuts for processing through the Company’s processing plant
  • Supply elite ‘true to type’ coconut plants to international coconut communities negotiated through overseas government bodies, local businesses and coconut communities
  • Provide up to 5% of the Company’s produced plants for free through Government programs to distribute to the regions poorest coconut farmers to assist in managing and maximising their coconut production. Even more importantly, assist in educating them to develop a sustainable, long-term coconut agribusiness project that can yield both a more efficient market and a better quality of living for them

* Once the full 300-ha plantation matures between years 4 and 5.

Who We Are

In addition to the experience and knowledge of its Board Members, KokoNiu also benefits from a group of business and academic leaders who form part of an Advisory Board to mentor and give considered advice, recommendations or counsel in connection with the businesses and organisational purposes.

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Community Involvement

World demand for most coconut products is increasing due to the clean and green image of coconut. It has been demonstrated that virgin coconut oil (VCO) contains potent antioxidants, antimicrobial characteristics, and potential anti-cancer actions. Therapeutic benefits, from either fresh or processed coconut products, have been demonstrated in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, HIV, hormonal imbalance in postmenopausal women, ulcers and other gut illnesses.

The Australian market for imported coconut products has generally increased over the last 10 years. Australian imports of coconut oil have doubled in the last 3 years. All coconut products that you would purchase at a normal Australian supermarket are imported and this domestic market is worth over 40 million dollars. Qualitative research indicates that Australian importers are currently finding it difficult to consistently source quality coconut to meet demand. They are becoming concerned about security of supply and they believe provenance is an important factor in consumer purchase decisions.

Research into the production of large volumes of elite planting material for the development of an Australian coconut plantation industry would likely increase investment in Northern Australia and provide new business and employment opportunities. Indigenous communities of Northern Australia are also likely to be provided with new business and employment opportunities. Crop diversity is the key to global food security and a sustainable future for agriculture.