Price-addition of coconuts in several forms through farmer producer businesses is the way to revive coconut cultivation to make certain far better returns, Abhilaksh Likhi, Extra Secretary, Agriculture Division, has said.

Coconut oil, coconut shell, activated carbon, coconut fibre, and so on. could be the greatest solutions to get started with through branding, he stated, while interacting with Theeradesa Nalikera Ulpadaka Federation (consortium of coconut farmers) in Ezhupunna village at Cherthala in Alappuzha.

Likhi known as on the Condition federal government to just take actions to make certain that the gains of all agricultural techniques/programmes/initiatives attain the meant focus on beneficiaries. He also emphasized the have to have by the Coconut Improvement Board to make certain considerable publicity of the get the job done getting completed by the apex coconut federations.

According to him, the a few-tier pyramidal framework of FPOs promoted by the Coconut Improvement Board was impressive, thinking of the charitable mother nature of decrease-degree collectives and the formation of a organization less than the Companies Act at the apex Amount.

The Coconut Producers Culture at the grassroots amount, Coconut Producers Federation at the intermediate level and Coconut Producers Organization at the apex amount allows extra participation and involvement of farmers to form lesser groups and prepare functions at distinct amounts based on the amount of farmer collectives.

Consortium of 761 members

The Theeradesa Nalikera Utpadaka Federation is a consortium of eight coconut producer societies with 761 associates. They have 41,722 palms with a efficiency of virtually 11 lakh nuts for each year. Big routines involve establishment of coconut nurseries and manufacturing of high quality planting elements.

Likhi was apprised of the federation’s education programmes for a variety of coconut farmer teams on intercrop cultivation of turmeric and ginger. Planting resources of the inter-crops had been arranged for farmers and in depth offers of procedures ended up also specified to be certain adoption of the tactics.

Likhi also highlighted numerous strategies and programmes of central companies beneath the Agriculture Ministry. The officials of the federation knowledgeable him of plans to scale up actions and sought the help of the govt and CDB to variety a producer company.

Likhi instructed the CDB officials to extend all assist to the federation to sort the enterprise as for every provisions contained in the New Central Sector Plan ‘Formation and Marketing of 10,000 Farmer Producer Organisation’.

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March 09, 2022