‘Take up value-addition in coconut farming to ensure better returns’

Gordon B. Johnson

Value-addition of coconuts in many types by way of farmer producer corporations is the way to revive coconut cultivation to guarantee much better returns, Abhilaksh Likhi, More Secretary, Agriculture Office, has claimed.

Coconut oil, coconut shell, activated carbon, coconut fibre, and so on. could be the ideal alternatives to commence with as a result of branding, he stated, though interacting with Theeradesa Nalikera Ulpadaka Federation (consortium of coconut farmers) in Ezhupunna village at Cherthala in Alappuzha.

Likhi known as upon the Point out governing administration to just take ways to guarantee that the added benefits of all agricultural strategies/programmes/initiatives access the meant goal beneficiaries. He also emphasized the want by the Coconut Growth Board to guarantee in depth publicity of the get the job done being carried out by the apex coconut federations.

In accordance to him, the a few-tier pyramidal composition of FPOs promoted by the Coconut Advancement Board was modern, considering the charitable mother nature of reduce-degree collectives and the formation of a enterprise under the Organizations Act at the apex Degree.

The Coconut Producers Modern society at the grassroots level, Coconut Producers Federation at the intermediate level and Coconut Producers Corporation at the apex level enables more participation and involvement of farmers to type smaller sized teams and system activities at unique amounts primarily based on the degree of farmer collectives.

Consortium of 761 members

The Theeradesa Nalikera Utpadaka Federation is a consortium of 8 coconut producer societies with 761 users. They have 41,722 palms with a productivity of practically 11 lakh nuts for every year. Key pursuits include establishment of coconut nurseries and output of quality planting components.

Likhi was apprised of the federation’s training programmes for many coconut farmer groups on intercrop cultivation of turmeric and ginger. Planting materials of the inter-crops ended up arranged for farmers and in depth deals of methods have been also presented to assure adoption of the methods.

Likhi also highlighted many techniques and programmes of central businesses underneath the Agriculture Ministry. The officers of the federation knowledgeable him of ideas to scale up actions and sought the help of the authorities and CDB to sort a producer business.

Likhi instructed the CDB officers to extend all support to the federation to variety the corporation as for each provisions contained in the New Central Sector Scheme ‘Formation and Marketing of 10,000 Farmer Producer Organisation’.

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March 09, 2022

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