The R&D and extension services of the coconut industry are provided by the CCIL. The Institute was established following the amalgamation of then Cocoa and Coconut Research Institute (CCRI) and Cocoa and Coconut Extension Agency (CCEA) in August 2003. The Cocoa Board and the KIK are the shareholding boards, each with equal shares of the Institute. CCIL’s mandate is R&D and extension in cocoa and coconut production, processing and marketing. Most of the coconut research work is based at the Stewart Research Stations (SRS) at Murnas in Madang Province.
The coconut R&D programs at SRS include: breeding (including maintenance of coconut seed gardens & South Pacific Coconut Genebank); agronomy & farming systems; plant protection (pests and diseases) and postharvest (processing & quality assurance) & marketing systems.