CIARI celebrates World Coconut Day

Port Blair
19 Sep 2017

The World Coconut Day under the theme “Healthy Wealthy life with Coconut” was celebrated at ICAR-CIARI here on September 16 under the All India Coordinated Research Project on Palms (AICRPP) project operating at the Institute. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. A. Kundu, Director (Acting) by watering coconut seedling symbolizing the need for caring the crop that has been providing livelihood to a large number of island farmers. It was followed by unveiling a coconut inflorescence signifying need of involvement of youth in sustainable development of these islands. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Kundu highlighted the contribution of ICAR-CIARI in the development of agriculture in these islands. He emphasized that coconut has supported livelihood of both tribal and settler islanders. Heads of various divisions of the Institute briefed the students about recent research activities being carried out in different areas of agriculture.
Dr. S.K. Zamir Ahmed, Head (I/c) of Social Science Section dealt with immense possibilities for employment generation to the rural youth through coconut based ventures. Dr. Ajit Waman, Scientist in charge of AICRPP and organizer of the programme, in his presentation showcased the importance of coconut for the islanders, opportunities and technologies developed by ICAR-CIARI. He motivated the students to equip themselves to acquire the skills and knowledge for efficient and sustainable use of available resources of these islands. Dr. Pooja Bohra, Scientist gave a brief account of coconut based food and non-food products, which could effectively support the livelihood and nutritional security of rural youth. The technical session was followed by display of exhibits related to production and processing of coconut including a live demonstration of coconut oil extraction. To promote intercropping in coconut plantations and peri-urban horticulture, planting material of black pepper was distributed to all the participating students. Graduate and postgraduate students of JNRM, Port Blair, accompanied by their teachers Miss. Tamanna Begum and Miss. Pushpa Kumari interacted with the resource persons during technical session. Dr. Ajit Waman, Organizing Secretary of WCD proposed the vote of thanks.