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Malaysia to plant coconuts, pineapples and bananas in new cultivation project

The Malaysian Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Felcra) plans to carry out a food crop cultivation project through commercial plantations in Pulau Banggi. They are planning to plant coconuts, pineapples and bananas commercially which at the same time will help develop the island. 

Malaysia currently imports coconuts from other countries due to shortage of local supply. Therefore coconuts of the 'pandan' and 'matag' varieties will be planted, in addition to pineapples and bananas. 

"Besides ensuring food security, this project will also give the surrounding community the opportunity to increase their earnings, in addition to assisting in the development of Pulau Banggi," the was told at a press conference.

In the first phase of the plan to develop the island, previously rubber plantations were set up in 2004. The second phase of the plan will involve planting the three type of fruits. Planting will be done in phases, the first involving 500 hectares for coconuts and 20 to 50 hectares for bananas.

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