The Union minister calls for commercial cultivation and export of coconuts to support small farmers

Shobha Karandlaje, Union Minister  for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare,  called for converting coconut cultivation and processing into a commercial venture and focus on the export market to ensure lucrative profits for small farmers.   Delivered the  address on the occasion of the 25th World Coconut Day  organized by the Coconut Development Council in collaboration with ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod. The minister urged farmers to utilize various government development schemes such as Kisan Samman Yojana, Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana and Agriculture Infrastructure Fund to improve production, value addition and trade-oriented exports. Stressed on the need to diversify processes and products and shift from fennel-focused processing to other products such as neera, virgin coconut oil and coconut flakes to ensure better price realization. 

Agricultural producer organizations can revolutionize the coconut sector by strengthening the collective power of  small and marginal farmers. They could help advance agricultural mechanization, promote farming as a business and promote exports.  In this capacity, the minister also honored ten coconut entrepreneurs. Technology transfer agreements were signed with seven entrepreneurs. The event also welcomed Vadakara Coconut Farmer Producer Company Ltd, who won the International Coconut Community award for the best farmers’ organization in the world.   More than 500 progressive farmers from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Gujarat participated. 

The exhibition showcased various coconut cultivation and processing technologies and various coconut products. A technical session  followed by a panel discussion was also organized on the coconut business plans proposed by the FPO.

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