Interactive meet on value addition in coconut at Ambajipeta, Andhra Pradesh

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Large number of coconut farmers and entrepreneurs interacted with CPCRI scientists on coconut based cropping system and value addition on 28th November, 2015 at APMC meeting hall, Ambajipeta, East Godavari. Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI, highlighted the huge opportunity available with coconut producers for marketing their products both domestically and internationally which needs to be exploited by the way of value addition. The benefits would be better realized through the formation of a Federation by which both small and marginal farmers would be immensely benefitted. By adopting Kalparasa tapping technology, coconut farmers can increase their income by at least ten-folds. It can be either sold as natural health drink or processed into coconut sugar, jaggery, honey or syrup. It will not only improve the income of coconut farmers, but also generate employment in terms of ‘Kalparasa’ technicians, assistants and marketing personnel. In this context there was a meeting between the Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, CPCRI and Sri Chinna Rajappa, the Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh to discuss the technologies in coconut for enhancing the profitability of coconut farming especially through value addition. Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister also showed keen interest in establishing coconut parks in different districts for the benefit of farming community and other stakeholders.  Shri. Ananda Rao, Honorable MLA, emphasized the importance of value addition for increasing the income from unit area. Scientists from Horticultural Research Station, Ambajipeta, Officers from developmental agencies and cooperative societies participated in the meeting.

A demonstration on how to collect fresh and unfermented ‘Kalparasa’ using coco-sap chiller was conducted for the benefit of stakeholders.  Dr. K. B. Hebbar, Head, PB&PHT, CPCRI, Kasaragod gave a demonstration of Kalparasa collection using Coco-sap chiller. Dr. Sujatha Principal Scientist explained the advantages of growing cocoa as an intercrop in coconut gardens.

CPCRI also exhibited Kalparasa and its value added products and coconut technologies/products during the programme.  Kalparasa was distributed to all the participants who attended the programme.  Dr. D. Jaganathan, Scientist, CPCRI, Kasaragod coordinated the programme. More than 1000 farmers from different districts of Andhra Pradesh participated in the meet. 



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