Discussion Meeting and Press Conference on “National Seminar on Prospects of Coconut” held on 28-08-2016

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A preliminary discussion meeting on the conduct of the “National Seminar on Prospects of Coconut Sector” was held at Alappuzha on 28-08-2016. The meeting was chaired by Sri K.C. Venugopal, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Alappuzha and he informed that the National Seminar will be held at ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam on September 29, 2016. Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare has consented to be the chief guest and will inaugurate the programme. Prof. P.J. Kurien, Hon’ble Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha and Shri V.S. Sunil Kumar, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture Development and Farmer’s Welfare of Kerala will be guests of honour. The meet will showcase technological updates in coconut sector with special emphasis on value addition and product diversification and flag off national issues to boost minimum support price and highlight techniques to narrow down yield gap in coconut.

Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod highlighted the research accomplishments of the Institute on the centenary year and opined the Meet will be linking coconut as Pan India crop augmenting its utilization through value added products (Kalpa chocolate, Kalpa krunch) at National level. Dr. V. Krishnakumar, Head, ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam outlined various arrangements made as part of the National meet to be held at Kayamkulam. The meeting was attended by representatives from various ICAR Institutions (ICAR-CTCRI, ICAR-IISR, ICAR-CMFRI, ICAR-CIFT), Kerala Agricultural University, Coconut Development Board, Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development, Principal Agricultural Officers (Alappuzha & Kollam) and they had assured whole-hearted support for the success of the programme through display of technologies and products as exhibits.

Later, a press conference was held at Press Club, Alappuzha and gist of the programme about the “National Meet on Prospects of Coconut Sector” was shared with the media personnel by Sri K.C. Venugopal, Hon’ble MP and Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod. 



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