ICAR-CPCRI celebrated World Coconut Day at Tumkur, Karnataka

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World Coconut Day was jointly organized by CPCRI- Kasaragod, Tumkur University and Bhoomi Sustira Abhivradhi Sanste, Hassan on September 2, 2015 at University Campus, Tumkur.  The theme announced by APCC for this year’s World Coconut Day is ‘Coconut for Family Nutrition, Health & Wellness and CPCRI has selected the topic on Kalparasathat fitted well within the APCC theme. While inaugurating the programme, Shri T.B. Jayachandra, Hon’ble Minister for Law, Justice and Animal Husbandary, Government of Karnataka complimented the efforts of CPCRI to popularize the neera technology and its value added products for empowering coconut producers and wellness of consumers. Honble Minister, after tasting the Kalparasa, said that product has excellent qualities for improving human health and appropriate decision would be taken to evolve neera policy in Karnataka after visiting CPCRI, Kasaragod and further discussions with other stakeholders. Shri Krishna, former speaker, Karnataka Legislative Assembly, Government of Karnataka released a technical bulletin on Kalparasa and stressed the need for evolving neera policy in Karnataka for the benefit of producers and consumers. He was very optimistic and confidant that neera policy will be implemented soon in Karnataka. Dr. P Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI explained that CPCRI Kalaparasa technology could improve the economy of small and marginal farmers and could create green colour jobs in rural areas and can empower rural youth and women. He also said, by tapping just 10% of the trees in the country, the total returns would be to the tune of Rs. 36,000 crores. He stressed that the future of coconut depends on value addition and Kalaparasa could play greater role and it can be sports drink and even diabetic patients can consume as it has low glycemic index.   Mr Jayaprasad, Bhoomi spoke on the benefits of Kalparasa. In his presidential address, Prof. A.H.Rajasab, Vice Chancello,r Tumkur University emphasised development of neera policy in Karnataka and urged  the scientists to develop a technology to avoid fermentation so as to store neera at room temperature. 

In the technical session Dr. K. B. Hebbar, Head, PB&PHT, CPCRI, Kasaragod presented a detailed account of Kalparasa collection method, its handling, transportation, quality standards and processing into value added products like sugar, jaggary, honey and other confectionary products. He highlighted success stories.

As part of the programme, an interface session on ‘Present status of formation of companies and federations and the way forward for Kalparasa collection and its marketing in Karnataka’ was organised involving farmers, scientists and officials of coconut producers’ societies. It was told that already six companies were formed in Karnataka and the areas not covered were decided to be included in due course of time. It was also felt that licensing and tapping training should be given to the registered companies for better quality, coordination and marketing. Dr. Nityananda Shetty and  Viswanath Anekatte co-ordinated the programme.

CPCRI also exhibited Kalparasa and its value added products and coconut products during the programme.  A demonstration on how to collect fresh and unfermented ‘Kalparasa’ using coco-sap chiller was arranged for the benefit of stakeholders.  Kalparasa was distributed to all the participants who attended the programme.  Dr. D. Jaganathan, Scientist, CPCRI, Kasaragod coordinated the programme.

About 350 coconut growers from Karnataka participated in theprogramme

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