An institute - industry interface meet   “DREAM BIG – KALPA 2015” was held at CPCRI, Kasaragod, Kerala on 31st January 2015 at 10:30 AM to mark “ICAR Technology Day”. Shri M.J. Shetty, President, Kanara Small Industries Association (KSIA), Mangaluru inaugurated the programme and told how R&D along with entrepreneurs lead national development. Shri Shetty depicted himself as a witness for success of a farmer as an entrepreneur, the youth in agriculture having plenty of scope in industry as well as tremendous opportunity for employment in agro-industry. Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, CPCRI in his presidential address expressed the importance of industries to take the technologies to the common man. Shri Rammohan Pai Maroor, Vice President, Kanara Chamber of Commerce & Industries Shri Martin Chacko, Asst. Director, MSME, Sri Samuel, Manager, District Industries Centre, Shri Jyotish Jagannath AGM, NABARD offered felicitations.Technology transfer of machinery for virgin coconut oil production, coconut chips making as well as for collection of fresh and unfermented neera were made to the tune of Rs. two lakhs through MoUs. A booklet on “Entrepreneur and Farmer Friendly Technologies” was also released during the programme.

Among the entrepreneurs, leading industrialist Shri Sheen Antony, MD, Pilotsmith Pvt. Ltd., Thrissur spoke on the industrialization as well as the initiatives required. He emphasized, commercialization of coconut should start from the coconut broom. Shri Jayaraj, Manager, Dinesh Foods talked on the virtues of VCO from CPCRI. Sri Ram Mohan of Pollachi and Shri Satheesh, Palakkad Coconut Producer Company have appreciated CPCRI technology on neera and its better quality over other neera. They emphasized on further research on value addition to the technology to find out the key principle to show health benefits. Dr. R.D. Iyer, former Head, CPCRI also appreciated the initiatives by CPCRI.Objective of the programme was to familiarize the latest agricultural technologies and innovative products developed at CPCRI, which are suitable for agri-business. Farmers, micro, small and medium entrepreneurs, youth and women interested to establish agri-business making use of CPCRI technologies and products.

An exhibition on technologies with colour charts and specimen were arranged. Experts made presentation and took part in one-to-one interaction with entrepreneurs. CPCRI technologies exhibited include biotechnological processes for tissue culture laboratories, bio-fertilizers, bio-control agents, value added products such as kalparasa, virgin coconut oil, coconut chips for agro-industries and varieties and hybrids of coconut, arecanut and cocoa for nurserymen. Effort of CPCRI is to promote entrepreneurship development through technology transfer, followed by incubation for establishing business by the Business Planning and Development Unit (BPD).

Two hundred people took part in the programme. Dr. K. Muralidharan, Head, Social Sciences welcomed the gathering and Dr. A.C. Mathew, Chairman, ITMU proposed vote of thanks.




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