Kokonut Pacific, Solomon Islands
From the Kokonut Pacific website:
"Direct Micro Expelling uses a totally different approach to coconut compared to that of the copra industry. With DME we take small-scale processing to the nuts rather than taking the nuts...to a large-scale processing plant. A consequence of this is that we produce a virgin coconut oil of vastly superior quality. 'Direct Micro Expelling' is highly descriptive of the technology. It is:
• Direct — quick (oil produced within 1 hour of opening the nut) and efficient (OEE 85%)
• Micro — small scale (family farm size)
• Expelling — extraction of virgin oil and meal
The DME Process concentrates on small, manageable, daily batches instead of producing large batches of copra which take many weeks to ship and process. See a pictorial overview here. The DME process depends upon simple, easily learned skills, rather than sophisticated equipment. Families really enjoy working together on DME Oil production, whereas they typically describe the making of copra as a form of slavery. DME gives regular meaningful employment to teams of 3 to 5 women and/or men of all ages. A team can work on the process more-or-less whenever it suits them — whether it be 2 hours a day on 2 days per week or 10 hours a day for 6 days a week — it could even...be operated on a shift basis all day and all night. Production can take place all year round and in virtually any weather. It gives direct local employment in rural areas in nut collection and oil production, and it has multiplier income- and employment-effects. Where the oil is packaged locally or used as an input by local cosmetic, soap and detergent producers there is significant value added. Also, the residue goes for baking and livestock. In general, the gross return from the DME process is about 3 times, and the net return is about 4 times that of copra."