World Coconut Day, EDP on value addition held at CIARI

Port Blair
3 Sep 2018

ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute Port Blair has organized World Coconut day and Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) on coconut value addition in collaboration with ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod, Kerala, Coconut Development Board, Kochi, National Horticulture Board, Gurugram Department of Agriculture, A & N Administration, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development on Monday at its Garacharma Research Complex under the theme ‘Wealth through Value Addition’.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. T. Janakiram, Asstt. Director General (Hort.), ICAR, New Delhi enlisted the various measures taken by ICAR in uplifting the farmers livelihood.  He expressed his happiness over the organization of coconut programme at CIARI which is occupying more than 40% the agriculture land area of A & N Islands.  He highlighted that ICAR is also organizing commemorative days on promotion of potato, mushroom, Agriculture Education Day, Women in agriculture day and farm innovators meet etc. He stressed upon the introduction of vertical farming in the Islands for strengthening the vegetable farming, crop diversification  beside value addition, per drop more crop and doubling of farmers income.  He listed out the importance of cocout which is also called “Kalpvriksha “ a “Tree of Life”, India’s role among the coconut  producing countries and the India’s export earnings through coconut.  He highlighted the need to take up challenges like natural calamities due to climate change effective such as cyclones, sea water rise, sea surface temperature etc.  The activities of the Institute in the sector of Horticulture development, NICRA implementation at Port Mout village by KVK, South Andaman and the Social Science activities to reach the unreach  with the technology was placed on record by the Chief guest. In his concluding remarks he appreciated the Institute for its commendable achievements in the field of agriculture and allied  sector which is very special to the Island ecosystem.   He also inaugurated the technology showcasing of coconut and its products  at Sport Club.
Dr. A. Kundu, Director (Acting), ICAR-CIARI in his presidential address gave an over view of the R & D activities of the Instiute, highlighted the genesis and need for the EDP on coconut, which is the outcome of the interactive Committe meeting with A & N Admiistration.  He listed the coconut technologies from the Institute and efforts made by the Institute for increasing the productivity of coconut in the Islands.  He acknowledged the support given by   the mainland Institutes and the A & N Administration in conducting World Coconut Day and EDP.
Dr. G.S. Pandey, Director, Incharge, Dept. of Agriculture, A & N Administration in his address spoke about the  facilitatation of the programme and congratulated the organizers.
Dr. B.A. Jerard, Head, Division of Horticulture & Forestry briefed about the world Coconut Day and the organization of Entrepreneurship Development programme on value addition of coconut. The  deliberation discussed the scope of coconut cultivation in the islands  - social survival for value addition, coconut based products for profitability, coconut products ICAR-CPCRI technologies on value addition and machinery for processing, value addition of  Neera and its success story in West Bengal, avenues of coconut technology, dissemination and increased adaptation, coconut based farming system  were the major topics dealt by the experts from CPCRI, Kerala, BCKV, West Bengal and ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair. Technology showcasing of coconut and its value addition, followed by  experience sharing by stakeholders and feed back were the highlights of the programme.  Around 150 participants comprising of farmers, enterprenuers, scientists, departmental officials from Agriculture, Industries, NCUI, NABARD, Andaman Plantation have participated.
Earlier, Dr. S.K. Zamir  Ahmed, Pr. Scientist and Incharge, Social Science Section welcomed the august gathering as convenor and Dr. Ajit  Waman, Scientist and Organizing Secretary proposed the vote of thanks.