Event Statement

The Government of Kerala and the Coconut Development Board, Government of India, are jointly holding an International Conference and Exposition on Coconut Development in order to formulate ways of taking the sector forward. The two-day Conference and Exposition will be held on August 17 and 18, 2019. The Conference is organised by the State Planning Board in collaboration with the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation. The Exposition is organised by Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation. The Conference and Exposition will be held at The Gateway Hotel, Kozhikode, Kerala.

The Conference will bring together experience and expertise from Kerala and other parts of India and the world. It will raise issues of modern coconut farming, the most recent technological developments in value-addition, the contemporary trade regime, and institutional arrangements for coconut development. The Conference will draw on Indian experience and experience of scientists and policy makers of leading producer countries of the world.

The objective of the Conference is to help Kerala learn from the best practices in the world with respect to industrial applications to coconut, and coconut production itself. Kerala must formulate a strategy for a sustained growth path with respect to production and productivity of coconut as well as value addition in the coconut industry. The Conference will try to evolve a sustainable and integrated development model for coconut cultivation and coconut-based industry in the State, by means of enhanced productivity, diversified value-added products, and market opportunities.

The Exposition will offer a platform for processors, manufacturers, suppliers, fabricators, and entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services. It will serve as a Business-to-Business (B2B) Meet for local buyers and national and international buyers, processors, and suppliers.

Together, the Exposition and the Conference will provide a platform for interaction between farmers, scientists, industrial entrepreneurs, producers’ organisations, and Government to meet and discuss new technologies, best practices, research results, current market trends, and opportunities for primary production and value addition.

International Coconut Conference & Expo-Interactive Session with Business Fraternity

Gains from the Conference

Farmer

  • Learn from the best practices in leading producer countries
  • Familiarise with modern farming methods
  • Know more about modern agricultural equipment
  • Learn from India’s top cultivators

Entrepreneur

  • Be a part of latest technological developments
  • Explore new potentials in value addition and innovation
  • Learn from top producers in India and the world
  • Understand current market trends

Business

  • Business-to-business (B2B) meet with buyers, processors, and suppliers
  • Explore business opportunities and partnerships
  • Explore investment avenues
  • Learn about new business models

Policy makers

  • Learn from policies and programmes of leading countries
  • Understand the emerging requirements of the sector
  • Discuss implications of trade policies in the sector
  • Explore emerging thrust areas in production, value addition and marketing

International Speakers

  • Dr Steve W Adkins Professor, University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia
  • Dr. Normansyah Syahruddin Deputy Director for Market Development for Estate Crops Products, Directorate General of Estate Crops, Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia.
  • Dr. Priyanthie Fernando Former Director, Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka

National Speakers

  • Dr. KSMS Raghavarao Director of CSIR-CFTRI
  • Dr. V Niral Principal Scientist (Genetics) in the Division of Crop Improvement, ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod.
  • Dr. K B Hebbar Head of Division, Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Post-Harvest Technology, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod.

Experience sharers

  • Mr. C. M. Mohamed Managing Director of Connolly Agriculture Producer Company Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr. Sunny George Chairman, Thejaswini Coconut Farmers Producer Company Ltd.
  • Mr. Paul Francis Managing Director, KLF Nirmal Industries (P) Ltd
  • Mr. Rajarathinam. K. Proprietor, Essar Engineering, Coimbatore
  • K.C. Sreedharan Nambiar Director of Anjarakandy Farmers’ Service Co-operative Bank,
  • Mr. Ananthakrishnan Managing Partner, Ananth Dryers
  • Mr. M. A. Lukmanjee Managing Director, Adamjee Lukmanjee Group of Companies
  • Mr. Ubais Ali Executive Director, Mezhukkattil Mills,
  • Malappattam Prabhakaran Agricultural Writer
  • Jijo Paul Founder & CEO, Resnova Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  • O.V.R. Somasundaram Leading Cultivator of Coconut, Tamilnadu
  • Dominic M. M. Farmer, Winner of National Award for Best Coconut Farmer, 2014-16
  • Krishnanunni. K. Farmer, Winner of Karshakothaman and Kashakasree
Dr Steve W Adkins

He obtained his PhD in weed physiology from the University of Reading in England in 1981 and has served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon in Canada (1981-84) and at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia (1984-88). He is now based at UQ and has spent the last 30 years studying various tropical and subtropical crops and pastures, their weeds and the native plant community. Steve has held several leadership roles at UQ since 2010, including Deputy Director and Acting Director in the UQ Centre for Plant Architectural Informatics. In these roles, he has led initiatives that have improved teaching quality and the student experience, instituted guidelines and funding schemes for supporting the career development of RHD students and ECRs, and established several new cross-cutting research networks in collaboration with key external partners. He has served as Treasurer and for two terms as the President of the Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society. His research focus is tropical plants especially coconut, and conservation using ex situ seed banking and tissue culture. He has been a principle investigator and scientific advisor on more than 50 scientific projects worth more than $12 million. He has published more than 180 peer reviewed papers in international journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and supervised more than 50 research higher degree and 40 honours students to completion.

Major Five Publications

E-mail: s.adkins@uq.edu.au

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Coconut Improvement: Tissue Culture Techniques for the Collection, Conservation and Multiplication of Elite Germplasm

Steve Adkins, Mike Foale, Julianne Biddle and Quang Thien Nguyen
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia.
E-mail: s.adkins@uq.edu.au

Primarily grown on 12 million hectares across more than 90 tropical and subtropical, coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) is one of the world’s most highly valued palm crops. This species contributes directly to the amenity and income for 20 million small-holder farmers and their dependents, providing food, health benefits, structural products as well as aesthetic beauty to the landscape. Apart from coconut water and sugar, beneficial effects of various oil products have been increasingly acknowledged worldwide by users, becoming one of the most attractive functional foods in the recent years. In addition, special coconut varieties, which have uniquely deliciously buttery endosperm or a flavoursome water, are also attracting considerable attention in many countries. However, coconut productivity has been constrained by several factors, including those of advanced palm age, reduced soil fertility, extreme weather events, the wide spread incidence of phytophagous insects and lethal diseases as well as competition for traditional lands from other crops. There is now a significant requirement for producing new palms, from a wide range of elite genotypes, on a large scale, to replace the old, unproductive palms and to meet the increase in demand for the new commodities in an expanding market. Since the traditional method for propagation, directly from the bulky fruit, is usually labour-intensive, uneconomical and vulnerable to many diseases, tissue culture has become an important way of producing seedlings of “clones” with desirable traits. For the creation of such clone’s wild populations need to be sourced for their unique yield and disease and pest resistance traits, such unique germplasm then needs to be conserved and made available for selection and incorporation into new genetic lines, prior to rapid multiplication through clonal propagation. Tissue culture now provides pragmatic solutions with improving protocols now available for each of these steps. Protocols are available for (i) embryo isolation, culture and movement; (ii) clonal propagation via somatic embryogenesis for rapid multiplication and (iii) germplasm conservation via cryopreservation. Although routine embryo culture and cryopreservation are now possible, the lower than desired efficiency of conversion of somatic embryos to ex vitro seedlings still restrains the large-scale clonal propagation of coconut in many laboratories. Although the protocols of tissue culture for coconut have dramatically improved over the recent years, further improvement is desirable and their application to a wider range of germplasm needs to take place to boost their adoption for the breeding, conservation and rapid propagation of coconut.

Keywords

Coconut, Cryopreservation, Embryo culture, Germplasm conservation, Somatic embryogenesis

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Dr. Normansyah Syahruddin

Dr Normansyah Syahruddin completed Phd Programme on Economics and Management of Technology (2009 – 2012) from Faculty of Engineering Universita Degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy He worked as Deputy Director for Market Development of Estate Crops Products, Head of Section for International Market Development, Head of the Program Subdivision, Assistant to Deputy Director for Analyze and Export Development, , and International Market Analyst at Directorate General of Processing and Marketing of Agriculture Products His major participation in International Fora (as Delegate) includes the second International Tea Business Conference & 16th Session FAO Intergovernmental Group on Tea, 2005, ASEAN National Focal Point Working Group on Coconut, 2017, Asia Pacific Coconut Community (not International Coconut Community) meeting, 2017, The 21st Session FAO Intergovernmental Group on Tea, 2014, The Meetings of ASEAN National Focal Point Working Group on Tea and The ASEAN National Focal Point Working Group on Coffee, 2005 – 2013, The Meeting of International Sugar Organization (England), 2005, The Meetings of Bilateral Cooperation between Indonesia and Malaysia for Palm Oil, Cocoa, Pepper and Jathropa, 2006 – 2014

Major Five Publications

1. Causality Relationship between Renewable and Non-renewable Energy Consumption and GDP in Indonesia. Arifin, Jauhari and Syahruddin, Normansyah. Economic and Finance in Indonesia. Vol. 59 No. 1. pp 1-18. 2011

2. Sustainable Supply Chain Management in the Agricultural Sector: a Literature Review. Syahruddin, Normansyah and Kalchschmidt, Matteo. International Journal Engineering Management and Economics. Vol. 3 No. 3. pp 237 – 258. 2012

3. Traceability in the Cocoa Supply Chain: an Indonesian Context. Proceeding Paper. http://www.pomsmeetings.org/ConfProceedings/025/FullPapers/FullPaper_files/0250129.pdf. 2012

4. Syahruddin, Normansyah (2011): Towards traceability in cocoa - chocolate supply chain, MPRA Paper. https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/31247/ . 2011

5. Syahruddin, Normansyah, Kalchschmidt, Matteo, and Seuring, Stefan. A Critical Analysis of Supply Chain Integration In The Agro-Food Industry. Proceeding Paper. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/fe98/c0a9d62b91ce16691fd8d87953af451204bb.pdf . 2012

E-mail: norman.syahruddin@gmail.com

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POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES FOR SUSTAINED DEVELOPMENT IN THE COCONUT SECTOR IN INDONESIA

Normansyah Syahruddin
Ministry of Agriculture
INDONESIA

Following the important issue raised on the World Council of Economic Development in 1987 on sustainability, many countries are pursuing to reach the excellence of sustainability related to know-how such as environmental issues, human resource management issues, quality management issues and many more. Even more, the concept of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been flourishing since early 2000’s and being adopted in many countries in the world. To some extent, agriculture sector became the sector that prioritizes for sustainable development of a country, mostly in developing countries. Indonesia, in particular, has been prioritizing the sustainable agriculture development, not only in food sufficiency but also renewable energy. Many of the agricultural commodities are being develop accordingly to fulfil the 3 P’s (people, planet, and profit) principles of sustainable development. Thus, to achieve that, the importance of sustainability in agricultural supply chain become relevant and considers being equal to any other supply chain in the world. While considering its importance to the economic development of a country, recent attention on product development of agricultural products as well as on farmers’ welfare have increasingly significant and become more and more important to the governmental policy direction. To date, more that 70% of the available land in Indonesia is used for agricultural activities with more than three-fourth of the population work in the agricultural sector, both direct and indirect employment. Agricultural industry itself, has multiple effects whereas amongst them, estate crops is contributing more to the national income compare to the food crops, horticulture and livestock sub sectors, in term of export revenue. Coconut, as one of the commodity in the estate crops sub sector, plays important role in the market of food products and become important sector for the national income of Indonesia. The industry itself employs millions of farmers and contributes significantly to eradicate poverty in Indonesia as well as providing employment from the downstream to the upstream of the industry. However, coconut industry in Indonesia faced several problem and challenges in the global market. Issues such as low productivity, market access and lack of derivative products are becoming the obstacles for coconut development in Indonesia. The Government of Indonesia has implemented policies and programmes to support the coconut development. Replanting, rejuvenation and research and ii development are amongst the priorities programmes for Indonesia to support the development of coconut products in Indonesia. Furthermore, joint collaboration with other countries and participations in various international event also foster in order to achieve sustained coconut development.

Keyword:

sustainable development, coconut, farmers, government policies

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Dr. Priyanthie Fernando

Dr Priyanthie Fernando obtained PhD in Entomology from the University of Queensland, Australia Although her expertise is mainly on biological control of insect pests, her research interest in pest management has been varied. Her important achievements are development of a biological control method for the coconut mite (Aceria guerreronis) using an indigenous predatory mite, development of an electronic device for early detection of red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) and development of technologies using pheromone-baited traps for mass trapping and use of Oryctes virus for the management of Oryctes beetle in coconut plantations. Leadership given in development of management strategies for Weligama Coconut leaf Wilt Disease and involvement in its successful management is a noteworthy achievement. She was the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) consultant for the management of two alien pests in the Maldives and the Philippines. She published many research papers in international and local journals and was an invited speaker in many international forums.

Major Five Publications

1. Fernando, L.C.P. (2003). Experiences on the role of pheromones in pest management in palms. Journal of Plantation Crops. 31(2): 1-9.

2. Fernando, L.C.P., Waidyarathne, K.P., Perera, K.F.G., De Silva, P.H.P.R. (2010) Evidence for suppressing coconut mite, Aceria guerreronis by inundative release of the predatory mite, Neoseiulus baraki. Biological Control. 53:108-111.

3. Siriwardena, K.A.P., Fernando, L.C.P., Nanayakkara, N., Kumara, A.D.N.T. and Nanayakkara, T. (2010) Portable acoustic device for detection of coconut palms infested by Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Crop Protection 29: 25-29.

4. Fernando, L.C.P., Waidyarathne, K.P., Perera, K.F.G., De Silva, P.H.P.R. (2010) Evidence for suppressing coconut mite, Aceria guerreronis by inundative release of the predatory mite, Neoseiulus baraki. Biological Control. 53:108-111.

5. Fernando, L.C.P. and Wijeseakara, H.T.R., Adihetty, S. and Mahilal, R.A.P. (2013) Maintenance of the diseased area and prevention of spread. In Weligama Coconut leaf Wilt Disease. H.P.M Gunasena, H.A.J Gunathilaka, L.C.P. Fernando, J.M.D.T Everard and P.H.A.N. Appuhamy (2013) (Eds.), Coconut Research Institute of Sri Lanka. pp 71-74.

Email: priyanthiefernando@yahoo.co.uk

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ABSTRACT

Management of Weligama Coconut Leaf Wilt Disease : Sri Lankan experience

L.C.P Fernando, P.H.P.R De Silva and H. T. R. Wijesekara
Coconut Research Institute of Sri Lanka

Weligama Coconut Leaf Wilt Disease (WCLWD) was first reported in 2006 from Weligama area in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. It was confirmed as caused by a phytoplasma through molecular diagnosis. The symptoms of the disease closely resemble that of Root Wilt Disease prevalent in India. Since the disease was first reported the Coconut Research Institute of Sri Lanka embarked on an extensive research and management programme to understand the disease and develop suitable management strategies to reduce disease incidence and its spread. Multi-disciplinary research studies determined the disease symptoms and its progression, diagnostic tools for the causal agent, disease epidemiology, possible vectors, physiological and anatomical effects on diseased palms, susceptibility of coconut cultivars to the disease and socio economic effects and development of resistant coconut cultivars to the disease. The initial symptom of flaccidity of leaflets is followed by yellowing and drying of leaf margins. Occasional necrosis of rachilla in unopened inflorescences and root tips are observed. The disease which is not fatal, but debilitating reduces the yield by over 40% in the advanced stage. The palms weakened by WCLWD are often prone to leaf rot disease caused by a complex of fungi. Proutista moesta, Proutista sp. and Stephanitis typica were identified as putative vectors of WCLWD. The disease causes significant reduction in number of leaves, stomatal conductance, transpiration, photosynthesis, chlorophyll content of leaves, inflorescence size and number of female flowers. The Sri Lankan Green Dwarf variety (SLGD) showed over 95% tolerance/ resistance to WCLWD. Hence a breeding programme was initiated to develop cultivars resistant/tolerant to WCLWD using SLGD as a parent. In 2007, nearly 340,000 disease palms have been reported over an area of 22,935ha in the three districts of the Southern Province. Disease management strategies were designed considering the incurable and slow spreading nature of the disease and practical, economic and social aspects. Hence, the aim was mainly to reduce the disease incidence in the affected areas and preventing the spread to other areas of the country. In the initial phase, from 2008-2010 removal of severely diseased palms, treatment of leaf rot affected palms with fungicides and adopting best agronomic practices for mild-moderately affected palms were recommended. To prevent spread of the disease to other areas a boundary zone of 3km wide was demarcated around and just outside the diseased area, which is 86km long. Removal of all diseased palms in the boundary by continuous monitoring, implementation of quarantine measures to prohibit transport of palm species out of disease area and production of coconut seedlings in affected areas were stopped to prevent spread of the disease. A review made in 2010 revealed that although no disease incidences were reported outside the diseased area the incidence and severity of the disease was increasing in affected areas despite the above-mentioned actions taken. Hence, a stringent management strategy was implemented from 2011 by removing all diseased palms irrespective of the disease severity. Up to end 2018 a total of 297,464 and 10,485 diseased palms have been removed in the diseased area and boundary zone respectively. A lesser number of palms were removed in the subsequent round of checking palms indicating removal of diseased palms reduces further disease incidences, except in the Hambantota district. Extensive awareness campaigns and involvement of local government officials have contributed in getting the support of coconut growers. Currently, the disease incidence has reduced to a low level and no incidences have been reported outside the diseased area pointing the success of the directions taken in the 10-year long disease management programme. The experience showed that WCLWD cannot be controlled in a shorter period and the current management strategies have a temporary effect. It is essential that management measures should be continued stringently for a longer period until a long-lasting measure is established. A mini seed garden has been established in the Weligama area to produce disease resistant coconut plants for the replanting programme to uplift and sustain the coconut industry in the Southern province.

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Dr. KSMS Raghavarao

Recently he has taken over as the Director of CSIR-CFTRI and putting his best efforts to rise the institute to higher levels of performance. Dr. Raghavarao is basically a Chemical Engineer specialized in Food Engineering and Biotechnology. He obtained B.Tech from Andhra University (1981) and direct Ph.D. from ICT, Mumbai (formerly UDCT) in 1987. After post-doctoral at NIST-Colorado and a brief stay at NIT, Warangal, he joined CFTRI in 1990 and continuing till date. Dr. Raghavarao has over 25 years of experience with right combination of Applied and Basic research. Out of 30 significant achievements, 25 were converted into processes/technologies, out of which 15 were transferred to Industry. Phycocyanin from Spirulina is second highest technology premium at CFTRI. Whole coconut milk powder transferred to 4 industries. Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) technology transferred to about 60 industries. Dr. Raghavarao has guided 20 students/fellow scientists for Ph.D. in Food Engineering/ Biotechnology and currently guiding 5 at the moment. He has been recipient of prestigious NASI-Reliance and VASVIK awards for applied research. He has received 2 out of 4 prestigious National Fellowships of Academies (FNAE & FASc, Bangalore) besides several others (FNAAS, FAFST, FAPASc, FIE). He has received National Award for technology transfer by Ministry of Agriculture for Virgin Coconut Oil technology. He has over 160 publications (with ‘h’ index of 45) and citations over 6500, about 28 International patents and 55 Indian patents. He initiated several new research areas at CFTRI such as Aqueous Two Phase Extraction, Reverse Micellar Extraction, Adsorption, Bioreactor design for Hairy root and plant cell cultures, viscous fermentation (microbial polysaccharides), and for solid state fermentation besides food processing equipment especially for Indian Traditional Foods athermal membrane processes like direct osmosis and osmotic membrane distillation. He collaborated with several technology departments across CFTRI and outside institutions as PI/Co-PI in 50 grant-in-aid projects and 25 Industrially sponsored projects.

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ABSTRACT

Innovative Technologies for Coconut Processing

Archana G. Lamdande# and KSMS Raghavarao*
Department of Food Engineering
CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, India
Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, New Delhi, India

India is the third largest coconut growing nation in the world. In order to develop the products from coconut and to improve the economy of this sector, Coconut Development Board is extending financial assistance for research projects to Central Food Technological Research Institutes (CFTRI) for developing technologies. With the financial support of Coconut Development Board, CFTRI has developed the processes for production of coconut milk powder, coconut dietary fiber, virgin coconut oil, coconut protein powder and many more. There is an ever-increasing scope for producing diversified products from the by-products of coconut industry. Such products will ensure better prize for the farmer, better products to consumer and more effective cost of production to the industry, introduction and adoption of modern technologies in coconut processing sector to provide technical impetus for transformation of traditional coconut dependent rural economy into a vibrant commercially viable economy, development of technologies/ process for consumer based products from by-products in coconut processing in order to increase the consumption of coconut and exploitation of by-products in coconut processing for production of value added, shelf-stable, convenient products are the major objectives of the research and development works. In this presentation, the highlights of R&D work carried out at CFTRI in this regard with latest developments are presented. A process for the production of tender coconut beverage (Coconut lassi) and mature coconut-water concentrate (Coconut honey) has been developed. A process for the production of coconut spread based on mature coconut-water concentrate and coconut dietary fiber has been developed and patented. Efforts are made to develop the dry mixes. Innovative approaches such as differential partitioning studies of coconut whey proteins using aqueous two-phase extraction have been conducted. Even efficient option of ultrafiltration in combination with spray drying was employed as a method of preparation of coconut whey protein powder. Formulations are prepared for coconut chutney powder. Considerable demand is there for the fractionation of coconut oil/VCO especially for separation of medium chain Triglycerides (MCTs). Innovative methods such as supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) and fractional crystallization will be very handy in this regard.

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Dr. V Niral

Dr V Niral obtained her Ph.D from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and her major field of specialization is agriculture: Genetics. She is the recipient of the ICAR Award for outstanding interdisciplinary team research in agriculture and allied sciences for the Biennium 1999-2000 for significant contribution in improvement of coconut germplasm. She is the nodal officer of the field gene bank at ICAR-CPCRI and curator of the International Coconut Gene Bank for South Asia and Middle East, one of the five multi-site international genebanks under the Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT). She has more than 23 years of research experience on Genetic Resources Management. She has contributed to the enrichment of the gene bank with trait specific as well as indigenous coconut germplasm from Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu. She has contributed to the development of Coconut descriptors of germplasm conserved at ICAR-CPCRI & Catalogue of World Conserved Coconut Germplasm. She has registered seven trait-specific germplasm with ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi, She has been instrumental in developing many new hybrid combinations, utilizing the available genetic resources for varietal development, and has established new Dwarf x Dwarf and Dwarf x Tall hybrid evaluation trials and also a comparative evaluation trial of diverse dwarf lines. She has contributed to the development and release of 16 improved coconut varieties for different agro-ecological zones and end uses, including dwarf tender nut varieties as well as hybrids and has obtained IP registration under PPVFRA for four of the varieties. She is involved in the production of planting material, including breeder seed production, of released varieties and parental lines to facilitate establishment of seed gardens. She has contributed to development of DUS test guidelines and is the nodal officer of the DUS Centre for coconut under the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Authority, New Delhi.

Major Five Publications

She has published about 180 technical articles, including about 40 peer reviewed research papers, edited four books and contributed many book chapters.

• Niral, V. and Jerard, B. A. 2018. Botany, Origin and Genetic Resources of Coconut. In: The Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera L.)-Research and Development Perspectives, K. U. K. Nampoothiri, V. Krishnakumar, P. K. Thampan, M. Achuthan Nair (Eds.), Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2754-4, pp. 57-111.

• Chowdappa P., Niral V., Jerard B.A. and Samsudeen K. (Eds.). 2017. Coconut. Daya Publishing House, A Division of Astral International Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi, India. 440p

• Niral, V., K. Devakumar, TS. Umamaheswari, S. Naganeeswaran, RV. Nair and B. A. Jerard, 2013, Morphological and molecular characterization of a large fruited unique coconut accession from Vaibhavwadi, Maharashtra, India. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 73(2): 220-224.

• Niral, V., Jerard, B. A., Kavitha, K.V., Samsudeen, K. and Nair, R.V, 2008, Variability and association among floral traits and pollen recovery in coconut (Cocos nucifera L.). Journal of Plantation. Crops, 36 (3): 186-191

• Ratnamabal, M.J., Niral, V., Krishnan, M. and Ravi Kumar, N. (2000). Coconut descriptors, Part II, C.P.C.R.I., Kasaragod, Kerala, India.

Email: niral.v@icar.gov.in

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ABSTRACT

IMPORTANCE OF GERMPLASM AND THE INTERNATIONAL COCONUT GENEBANK

V. Niral
Principal Scientist (Genetics)
ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute,
P.O. Kudlu, Kasaragod 671 124 India
E mail: niral.v@icar.gov.in; niralv@yahoo.com

Coconut, Cocos nucifera L., a monoecious perennial monocotyledon, is a monospecific genus placed in Arecaceae family (formerly Palmaceae) and the sub family Cocoideae. It is an ancient species with no known wild relatives and has a long history of domestication and cultivation and hence considered as a semi-domesticated species. In spite of the evolutionary bottleneck, the present day population of this palm presents a range of variability with several distinct populations and ecotypes, widely differing from each other in morphological characters, particularly fruit characters and plant habit. Coconut palms are commonly categorized into two groups - Talls and Dwarfs, on the basis of a few important characters like stature, growth characteristics, precocious nature of flowering, fruit and copra characters. Natural introgression between divergent ecotypes has resulted in the emergence of intermediate types, both with and without human intervention. Further, certain variants, like seedless coconut or male coconut tree, spikeless coconut or spicata and unique types with sweet endosperm, soft endosperm, buttery endosperm (Makapuno), edible husk, pink husk, aroma, horned fruits etc are also reported from different coconut producing countries. Plant genetic resources are an essential prerequisite for undertaking any crop improvement programme. Variability within the germplasm pool is the basis for selection and hybridization for bringing about improvement in the targeted traits, reduction of vulnerability to various biotic/abiotic factors, meeting challenges emerging from climate change threats as well as changing consumer demand and market driven product diversification. Considering the global loss of agricultural land due to pressure from rising human population, industrialization as well as the threat of erosion and loss of island territories as well as coastal tracts to rising sea levels, there is an ever increasing loss of native biodiversity leading to genetic erosion. This is more so in crops like coconut that are predominantly cultivated in the humid coastal tropics. India has been in the forefront of coconut genetic resources conservation and was the first country in the world to take up systematic breeding programme and exploitation of hybrid vigour in coconut. The conserved germplasm has been utilized for coconut improvement research and development of improved varieties for cultivation in various agro-ecological zones of the country and for specific purpose viz., copra, tender nut, inflorescence sap, biotic and abiotic stress tolerance and ornamental purpose. Presently, ICAR-CPCRI has the world's largest collection of coconut germplasm with 455 accessions from 28 countries, representing germplasm of South and South East Asia, Africa, Caribbean Islands, Indian Ocean Islands and Pacific Ocean Islands. ICAR-CPCRI hosts the International Coconut Gene bank (ICG) for South Asia, one among the five ICGs located in different coconut growing regions (South East Asia, South Asia, Africa, South America and Pacific). ICG for South Asia presently conserves 49 designated Indian germplasm, accessions from member countries of the region, viz. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, as well as germplasm collected from the Indian Ocean Islands of Seychelles, Madagascar, Mauritius, Maldives, Comoros and Reunion. The ICGs are mandated to facilitate conservation, characterization as well as exchange of coconut genetic resources for crop improvement research and meeting challenges of food security and nutrition among mankind. The conserved germplasm are characterized using morphological descriptors as well as molecular markers to develop list of donor parents and identify diverse lines for better exploitation of heterosis and enabling better utilization of genetic resources by researchers and facilitate trait-specific improvement programme as well as development of improved varieties. Coconut Descriptors have been developed at ICAR-CPCRI, in addition to the development of the World Catalogue of Conserved Coconut Germplasm and Catalogue of farmers varieties brought out by COGENT/Bioversity International. With the focus of enabling higher productivity for farmers, prime importance has been given for developing high yielding varieties suitable for different agro-ecological zones, in order to meet the pressures of the increasing consumer demand. The long generation cycle, the cross-pollinating breeding behavior of tall coconuts, the lack of a viable vegetative propagation method, the low number of seeds produced per palm, and the massive stature of the palm are the most important constraints in coconut breeding. Due to these limitations, genetic improvement in coconuts has been limited to mass selection and hybridization mainly between tall and dwarf coconuts. However, sustained efforts by breeders have led to development of improved varieties in the country (50 varieties, including 20 hybrid varieties), leading to a spurt in production and productivity levels. With the major targets of productivity increase being met, focus is now being shifted to other objectives, viz. quality parameters, biotic/abiotic stress tolerance and climate resilience. Increasing emphasis is being placed on screening germplasm for inflorescence sap yield, endosperm milk yield as well as Virgin Coconut Oil recovery to enable value addition and development of improved varieties for higher yield and different end uses.

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Dr. K B Hebbar

Dr K B Hebbar obtained his B.Sc. (Agriculture) degree and Master’s degree in Plant Physiology from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. He then worked for his Doctorate program (1990-94) at Water Technology Centre, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi on ‘Signal Transduction in plants’. Dr Hebbar joined as Scientist at Central Institute for Cotton research, Nagpur in 1995. As a physiologist he worked on drought, salinity and flooding tolerance of cotton plants and identified tolerant lines and the traits imparting tolerance to these stresses. He also developed a cotton simulation model Infocrop for the simulation of growth and production of cotton. In 2007, he got selected as Principal Scientist at Indian Institute of Soil Science. He has been awarded Borlaug Fellow for the year 2010 under climate change by United States Department of Agriculture. In 2010 he joined as Head Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Post-Harvest Technology at ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod. In coconut to his credit he has developed a simple technology ‘coco-sap chiller’ for the collection of hygienic and unfermented coconut sap (neera) from the coconut spadix. From this sap protocols have been perfected for the production of various primary and secondary line value added products. The technology has been already implemented in states of Kerala, Goa and West Bengal for the collection and sale of fresh neera as health drink and in Tamil Nadu for the production of value added products. During his tenure number of coconut value added products have been developed and commercialised.

Major Five Publications

Hebbar, K.B., Pandiselvam, R., Manikantan, M.R., M. Arivalagan, Shameena Beegum, P. Chowdappa. 2018. Palm Sap—Quality Profiles, Fermentation Chemistry, and Preservation Methods. Sugar Tech (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12355-018-0597-z

Hebbar, K. B. ; Arivalagan, M. ; ManiKantan, M. R. ; Mathew, A. C. ; Thamban, C. ; Thomas, George V. ; Chowdappa, P. 2015. Coconut inflorescence sap and its value addition as sugar – collection techniques, yield, properties and market perspective. Current Science, doi: 10.18520/v109/i8/1411-1417

Arivalagan M, Rakesh B, Sugatha P, Poonam S, K.B. Hebbar, Santosh R. K. 2016. Biochemical and nutritional characterization of coconut (Cocos uciferaL.) haustorium. Food chemistry, 238: 153-159. DOI- 10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.10.127.

K.B. Hebbar, Helan M. Rose, Anusree R. Nair, S. Kannan, V. Niral, M. Arivalagan, Alka Gupta, K. Samsudeen, K.P. Chandran, P. Chowdappa, P.V. Vara Prasad. Differences in in vitro pollen germination and pollen tube growth of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) cultivars in response to high temperature stress. Environmental and Experimental Botany. 153-35-44 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envexpbot.2018.04.014

Arivalagan M., Roy T.K., Yasmeen A.M., Pavithra K.C., Jwala P.N., Shivasankara K.S., Manikantan M.R., Hebbar K.B., Kanade S.R. (2018). Extraction of phenolic compounds with antioxidant potential from coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) testa and identification of phenolic acids and flavonoids using UPLC coupled with TQD-MS/MS. Food Science & Technology- Lebensmittel-Wissenschaft & Tech, 92: 116–126.

Email: hebbar.kb@icar.gov.in
balakbh64@gmail.com

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Novel Products of ICAR-CPCRI to Turn Coconut Farmer into an Entrepreneur

K.B.Hebbar, A.C.Mathew, M.R.Manikantan, B. Shameena, Pandi Selvam
Plant Physiology, Biochemistry & Post Harvest Technology
ICAR-CPCRI Kasaragod
Email: balakbh64@gmail.com

The coconut farmers of Kerala have been struggling to cope up with unstable prices and rising labour costs. Of late it has been realized that product diversification of farm produce into high-value products with better price realization for farmers through competitive markets, value chains and improved linkage between field and fork could increase the farmers income. All at a sudden there is interest in coconut plantation and coconut based products. The recent innovations and the value chains developed in coconut at ICAR-CPCRI can transform the farmers into entrepreneurs and can easily double the income. Coconut palm, widely acclaimed as Kalpavriksha or Tree of Heaven or Wonder tree where each and every part is useful. Based on the raw material used, the major products can be categorised as sap based, tender nut water based, meat/ kernel based, husk based, shell based and leaf craft based products. Though coconut value addition is at its nascent stage, the recent innovations and the value chains developed in coconut can transform the farmers into entrepreneurs and can easily enhance the income. ICAR- Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) Kasaragod developed various value added products adoption of it as a cottage or small scale industries created demand both in domestic and international markets so as to get better price for the produce and improve the livelihood of the farmers. In that context, the Kalparasa (neera) a hygienic and unfermented sap from the coconut spadix collected by the coco-sap chiller and its amenability to develop various value added products like coconut sugar, jaggary,nectar or syrup has evinced keen interest in entrepreneurs and coconut farmers for its collection and marketing. Virgin coconut oil and coconut chips are other products attracting the attention of consumers. From the byproducts natural extruded products are prepared which are far superior in quality compared to the commercially available products. Here we explain in brief the process of sap, tender nut water and meat/ kernel based preparation of consumable products, their nutritive value, use and cost and returns by their adoption are discussed. These products evinced interest not only in coconut farmers but also in marketing personel, traders, policy makers, doctors and all those health conscious people.

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Mr. C. M. Mohamed

Mr. C. M. Mohamed is the Managing Director of Connolly Agriculture Producer Company Pvt. Ltd. and winner of National Award (South Zone) 2012 for Coconut Development Board. An entrepreneur and agriculturalist Mr. Mohamed is a holder of Jagjivan Ram Innovative Farmer Award (2018) of ICAR. He was also awarded Karshakothama in 2009 and Karshakasree in 2008. Mr. C. M. Mohamed is also the Chairman of Poovaranthode Farms and Heritage Tours Pvt. Ltd. and Vice Chairman of Tirur Coconut Producer Company Ltd. An eminent and well-respected member with agriculture and allied industry, Mr. Mohamed holds the position of President of Vettom South Kerala Karshaka Foundation running Jaivasree Farm school, Vettathunadu Coconut Products and Jaiasree Dairy farm.

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Mr. Sunny George

Mr. Sunny George is the Chairman of Thejaswini Coconut Farmers Producer Company Ltd. which is an initiative of 30000 farmers in Kannur and Kasargod districts. Thejaswini stands for Social development activities, value addition, and farmer service activities. The Thejaswini has received various awards from different sources. The Company has received the National Entrepreneurship Award 2017 from the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India and State Award 2016 for the best farmer producer organization from NABARD. The Company has honored with a national award from ICAR- Central Plantation Crops Research Institute for the best business plan presented at a workshop held in 2018. Mr. Sunny George has received various awards and recognitions for activities in organic farming. The ‘Karshaksree’ award for the best organic farmer in the state was received from Malayala Manorama in the year 2010. He also received ‘Karshakashakthi’ award from Dist. Cooperative bank in association with NABARD. He has received an award from the Kerala State Government for the best organic farmer of the State in the year 2018.

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Mr. Paul Francis

Mr. Paul Francis, Managing Director of KLF Nirmal Industries (P) Ltd, is the youngest of three sons of Late Shri. K.L. Francis, an industrialist who was the Founder Managing Director of Kerala Solvent Extractions Ltd. (KSE Ltd). After completing secondary education from Montfort School, Yercaud, Mr. Paul Francis joined his father to set up a Coconut Oil Mill in a rented building at Eriyad, near Kodungalloor in 1987-88. He started Coconut Oil Mill named “KLF Oil Industries” (KLF) in 1992 in Irinjalakuda. Over the years, the factory has turned out to be a state of the art extraction and packaging unit. Under the stewardship of Mr. Paul Francis, in 2004-05, KLF set up a Mill for the manufacture of Sesame Oil (Gingelly Oil). Both Coconut Oil and Sesame Oil is marketed under the brand name of “KLF NIRMAL” which is among the top-selling brands in the country with a presence, in Kerala, Karnataka, Andra, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Orissa, MP, Delhi, Goa, etc. “KLF NIRMAL” is a well-known brand in GCC countries viz. Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, etc. It is also available in the USA, Australia & African Countries. KLF has bagged “Export Award 2004-2005” from Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and recently “Best Miller Exporter Award for 2008” from Coconut Development board. KLF is currently a Private Limited Company called “KLF Nirmal Industries (P) Ltd”.

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Mr. Rajarathinam. K.

Mr. Rajarathinam. K., Proprietor of Essar Engineering has a 9 years experience in tool engineering and management, and 20 years of experience in manufacturing and installing equipments for Coconut food, Coconut shell, and Coconut husk based projects. Graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Madurai Kamaraj University, Mr.Rajarathinam. K. is well known around the world among Coconut husk based horticultural products producers and buyers. Essar engineering has installed around 600 installations in coconut growing countries like India, Srilanka, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Vanuatu, etc. Invested in 300 Ton Coconut food processing factory - Processing Coconut Milk, Virgin Coconut oil and Coconut water- in the Philippines. Owner of 1200 Coconut Tree Plantation with modern automated drip irrigation system, adapted with rainwater harvesting and natural farming. Mr. Rajarathnam’s firm has done a project for processing 2 lakh nuts a day in Visakhapatnam to process Virgin coconut oil, low-fat DC, Coconut water, etc.

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K.C. Sreedharan Nambiar

Director of Anjarakandy Farmers’ Service Co-operative Bank, Mr. K. C. Sreedharan Nambiar is currently monitoring the pioneer project of Malabar “Integrated Coconut Processing Plant” where Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk, Virgin Coconut Oil are produced with modern technology. Born on 25 Feb 1954 at Tellicherry, Kannur District of Kerala, Mr. K. C. Sreedharan Nambiar is the son of VP Shankaran Nambiar, a well-known contractor in erstwhile Malabar Region. Mr. K. C. Sreedharan Nambiar, joined the Department of Posts & Telegraph in 1974 and moved to Army Postal Service and continued up to 1989. In 1990 on a special assignment deputed to Embassy of India, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as Assistant Military Attache for about 4 years. On return to India took volunteer retirement, later joined the Royal Guard of Oman, Sultanate of Oman in 1996 as Admin Chief in the Protocol Division and continued there until July 2013. Mr. Sreedharan traveled throughout the country and some foreign countries such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, Republic of Yemen, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany on official capacity.

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Mr. Ananthakrishnan

Mr. Ananthakrishnan was born in Kattoor, a small village in Thrissur district. He started as a fellow worker in a fabrication unit, then worked for Movers Pvt ltd from 1980 onwards. As a self tutored engineer and he was entrusted in the commissioning of various cement processing plants for Deccan cements and Lokapur cements in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka respectively. Ananth Dryers was formed by Ananthakrishnan in 1989 with the aim of using his expertise in Copra processing sector. Ananth Dryers are into the design, fabrication, erection, and maintenance of Coconut Processing units. Prime projects of Ananth Dryers included pants for Surya oil industries, Arikkat oil industries, and Kallamkunnnu service co-operative bank. Kallamkunnu plant was a coconut drying plant rather than a conventional copra dryer. This was commissioned successfully in 1992. The success of this plant captured the attention of Coconut Development Board and with the encouragement from coconut development board, Mr. Anandakrishnan designed and installed India’s first coconut dryer based on waste heat utilization at high-tech coconut processors in Kollam. An improved version of this plant was later then commissioned in Thiruvampady near Kozhikode. The widespread spread publicity Thiruvampady got for its copra dryer created a wave among the co-operative societies across Kerala. Many of them adopted this novel copra drying system. At present Ananth Dryers have commissioned more than 30 Coconut Processing plants of various capacities for various co-operative societies across the state. Mr. Ananthakrishnan has been recognized several times for his contribution to the field of Coconut processing by various institutions such as NABARD, DIC, and Coconut Development Board. Ongoing projects of the organization include oil plants for Venginisseri S.C.B, Nanniyode S.C.B, and Peringandoor S.C.B.

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Mr. M. A. Lukmanjee

Murtaza Adamjee Lukmanjee took over the reins of Adamjee Lukmanjee & Sons as Managing Director at a very early age, after his late father in 1996. He has been instrumental in the continuous growth of the company and its expansion into new products and new markets worldwide. Murtaza holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Babson University in Boston, USA. He was also Chairman of the Coconut Product Traders Association for over 10 years, the apex association representing Sri Lanka’s Coconut exports. He has been involved in various committees in an advisory capacity to shape Sri Lanka’s policy decisions on the Coconut industry. Adapting to the ever-changing demands of the industry and with continuous development in its range of traditional and value-added products, Murtaza has steered Adamjee to hold a leading position in the Coconut and Spice industries in Sri Lanka. Under his guidance, the company, now over 150 years old, has won several awards for outstanding export performance in Sri Lanka, making the Adamjee Group an establishment which exceeds a turnover of USD 50 million.

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Mr. Ubais Ali

Mr. Ubais Ali is the Executive Director of Mezhukkattil Mills, a Government Recognised Star Export House and Manufacturer Exporter of different grades of coconut oil, and MM Mezhukkattil Farmeto Private Limited, a company that specialises in the value-added products from coconut. A Bachelor of Technology (BTech) Computer Science Graduate and an MBA Graduate in Finance & Marketing, he had a short stint at Key Management Group (KMG) in IT consulting and business development. Belonging to the 2nd generation of Mezhukkattil, a family business group from central Kerala, the 37-year-old Ubais Ali is also the Director of Edathala Polymers Private Limited, a rubber processing company, and the Vice President of Kerala coconut Oil Manufacturers Association (KCMA). A technocrat with in-depth knowledge in the latest processing technologies and coconut oil standards and specifications, Ubais Ali was a delegate in World Coconut Congress (WCC) in the Philippines and International Conference on Coconut Oil (ICCO) in Thailand. And during the visit of Malaysian Prime Minister in India, he signed an MOU with a Malaysian company for collaboration in the coconut sector. With two patent applications under process in the name of Ubais Ali, his company today handles around 22 international brands in Private Labelling segment.

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Malappattam Prabhakaran

Born in 1950 at Malappattam village in Kannur district, Mr.Malappattam Prabhakaran is a well-known author of works on agriculture. He started his career as Agricultural Demonstrator in 1976, retired from the service as Assistant Agricultural Officer in 2005. He has been writing about agriculture from 1983 onwards, starting with Malayalam daily Deshabhimani Mr. Prabhakaran in Mathrubhumi and other journals. In his role as an agricultural writer, Mr. Prabhakaran wrote more than 1500 articles on the topic to date. In 2011, Mr. Prabhakaran was awarded the "Media Award on Agriculture". He was also the chairperson of Irikkur block panchayat during standing committee on development issues. Later he also worked as the KILA resource person. Mr. Malapattam Prabhakaran continues to engage himself in the propagation of knowledge on agriculture.

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Jijo Paul

Jijo Paul is a startup entrepreneur based in Cochin, Kerala. He did his master’s in electrical engineering. He currently serves as the CEO of Resnova technologies. The company specializes in developing innovative solutions to address the problems of the common man with the aid of technology. Jijo was also recognized at various national and international forums for his achievements in the area of Robotics, Electronics, innovations, etc. Being a hardcore techie, he puts his focus on solving the problems in Agriculture & Industry with the aid of cutting-edge technology. Advanced tagging system to ensure the quality & source of planting material, Dairy management system for detecting diseases in cattle, a Detection system for red palm weevil infestation, etc. are some of his noteworthy projects in these lines. His main areas of interests are the Internet of things (IoT), Technology in Agriculture, Robotics, etc.

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O.V.R. Somasundaram

O.V.R. Somasundaram is a leading planter cultivating coconut and other plantation crops like nutmeg, cocoa, pepper under mixed cropping system in his farm at Odaiyakulam village near Pollachi. He is rendering service to the farmers by sourcing them the best progeny planting material of coconut, nutmeg, and pepper. A botany graduate from Madras Christain College, Mr. Somasundaram's major achievements include controlling measures taken during the outbreak of coconut leaf-eating caterpillar Turnaca acuta in Kinnathukadavu area with the help and guidance of TNAU, CPCRI, CDB, Department of Agriculture Tamilnadu, and farmer friends in the year 1996. Two years later, in 1998, Mr. Somasundaram identified for the first time the outbreak of coconut Eriophyid mite in the Pollachi with the help of Dr. Mohanasundaram, Retired Entomologist of TNAU and on testing of nearly 30 types of pesticides suggested control measures to the District Collector, Coimbatore district. Later TNAU came up with the same as one of the recommended control measures. Mr. Somasundaram was awarded 'Best Coconut Grower of Tamilnadu' in 1991 by CPCRI, Kasargod. He also won 'Velanmai Chemmal Award' in 2005 by TNAU. O.V.R. Somasundaram has held positions including Member, Advisory Committee, Doordarshan Kendra Chennai; Member, Research Advisory Group, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, Coimbatore; Member of the drafting committee of Tamil Nadu Organic Farming Policy. He has also served as Member, Board of Management, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore; Member, Regional Research Council, TNAU; Research Council Member, Coconut Development Board, Kochi; Member, Appeal Committee for Organic Certification, Government of Tamil Nadu; Member, Tamil Nadu Forest Department Advisory Committee; Honorary Tree warden, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Dominic M. M.

Mr. Dominic M. M. is a well-respected member of the farming community. His work has earned him multiple awards and recognitions. He won the national award for the best coconut farmer for the years 2014-16 for his outstanding performance and contribution to the field. He is also the winner of Kashshakothama award in the year 2014-15. Mr. Dominic also holds the Kerakesari award, a state agriculture award, for the year 2009-10.

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Krishnanunni. K.

Krishnanunni. K. is an agriculturist and farmer. He is the proud owner of agricultural land managed with scientific knowledge and elegant innovative spirit. Winner of Karshakothaman award, Mr. Krishananunni has implemented integrated farming methods. He was at the forefront of implementing drip fertigation method in Kerala. Apart from rice cultivation in his 10 acres, He is also involved in the cultivation of fish, coconut, coco, vegetables, etc. He has also done Open precision farming in 4 acres and made use of ecological engineering methods.

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Schedule
Programme Schedule is subject to change.
National Coconut Challenge 2019

Kerala State Industries Development Corporation (KSIDC), Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), and State Planning Board are jointly organising a National Coconut Challenge as part of the International Conference & Exposition on coconut scheduled on August 17 and 18, 2019. The event is to be held at The Gateway Hotel, Kozhikode.

The Challenge seeks to foster ideas and innovations in the coconut sector (including coconut farming, marketing, process improvement, etc.). The Challenge will be a unique opportunity for startups, innovators, individuals, and students to showcase their idea or prototype in the conference. It will also enable them to get mentoring and funding support from various government agencies to carry their ideas forward.

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Exposition

The exposition will offer a platform for processors, manufacturers, suppliers, fabricators, and entrepreneurs in Coconut sector both at national and international level to showcase their products and services.

The exposition will also display the best practices being followed in this sector, technologies and innovations that could be further scaled up and will also serve as a Business-to-Business Meet (B2B) for local buyers as well as national and international buyers, processors, and suppliers.

By bridging the gap between buyers and sellers the exposition will be a platform for expansion of trade and business in the industry

In addition to industrial representatives, Government and semi-Government intuitions as well as educational/research institutions in the coconut sector, such as The Coconut Development Board (CDB), Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) and the Kerala Agriculture University (KAU) will exhibit their services in the Exposition.

The Exposition will be open to public from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on August 17 and 18, 2019

Who Should Register

  • Coir based industries
  • Coconut based industries
  • Techology providers
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Service providers
  • Research institutions
Register for Exposition
Advisory Committee
Patron
Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala
Shri Pinarayi Vijayan
Chief Minister of Kerala
Members
  • Shri E P Jayarajan, Minister for Industries, Sports and Youth Affairs
    Shri E P Jayarajan
    Minister for Industries, Sports and Youth Affairs
  • Dr T M Thomas Isaac, Minister for Finance and Coir
    Dr T M Thomas Isaac
    Minister for Finance and Coir
  • Adv V S Sunil Kumar, Minister for Agriculture
    Adv V S Sunil Kumar
    Minister for Agriculture
  • Dr V K Ramachandran, Vice Chairperson,  State Planning Board
    Dr V K Ramachandran
    Vice Chairperson, State Planning Board
  • Shri Tom Jose IAS, Chief Secretary,  Government of Kerala
    Shri Tom Jose IAS
    Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala
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The Gateway Hotel, Kozhikode