Discussion:
Coconut query ... some further inputs and seeking more information
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Frederick [FN] Noronha * फ्रेडरिक नोरोंया
2008-01-10 20:08:38 UTC
Permalink
Some days back, a journalist colleague from north Kerala (Shree Padre)
wrote in to ask about the way that coconut could be used. We hope to
have this query about coconut to be raised via the United Nation's
Solutions Exchange network, which is quite useful. Feel free to log in
and raise queries relevant to the subjects being discussed
www.solutionexchange-un.net.in You can contact TN Anuradha
<tn.anuradha at undp.org> for more details. One SolutionExchange network
that might be of interest would be related to food and nutrition
security.

This is a subject of much relevance to Goa.

Basically, Shree Padre is a farmer by profession and also involved in
farm and water journalism through Adike Pathrike (Farmer's Own Media).
Adike Pathrike is a journal which caters exclusively to farmers with
the objective of building up an informed farming community. The
journal is given to highlighting on individual farmers' experience,
their indigenous
knowledge and analyses their successes and failures. It also provides
them information on different crops and farming practices. Adike
Patrike intends throw light on coconut production, its processing and
its various value added products for its readers.

As it had been noted: India ranks number one in productivity among
other coconut growing countries in the world. The average productivity
of coconut in the country is 7,608 nuts per ha (2005-06). Of the total
production of coconuts, about 5 % is consumed in the tender form for
drinking purposes. The rest is utilised as mature nuts for household
and religious purposes and for the production of edible copra, milling
copra and desiccated coconut. Coconut oil production in the country is
nearly 4.5 lakh tonnes. Of this 40 % is consumed for edible purposes,
46 % for toiletry uses and 14 % for industrial uses. Apart from
putting coconuts and coconut products to various edible and a variety
of non-edible purposes ranging from rafters (for roofs) to broom
sticks and also to handicrafts, there have been efforts for
development of new value added products through product
diversification and by-product utilization. Coconut cream, spray/
dried coconut milk powder, preserved and packed tender coconut water
and coconut water based vinegar are a few of them.

Some emerging queries:

* What are the most feasible options for value-addition on commercial lines?

* What are the training and capacity building opportunities available
for coconut farmers on value addition?

* How do research findings on use of coconut oil/its by-products
compare with those of other edible oils/their products from human and
animal health point of view?

Shree Padre <shreepadre at gmail.com> writes: "Thailand, Philippines,
Indonesia have done extraordinary progress in
coconut value addition. Unfortunately, we don't have the basic
information of the products they make there, forget about its
economics, marketing skill and other aspects. Most of these are
low-tech medium capital small and home industries. Even inside our
country whatever efforts are done in the field of coconut value
addition is not thrown adequate media light.Kerala has been coming up
with many interesting ventures. Coconut oil toilet soaps in south
Kerala are giving considerable competition to multinational soap
companies."

He adds: "More than half a a couple of companies are making VCO
(virgin coconut oil). After we highlighted this in our Adike Patrike,
2-3 farmers have also started following suit. One organic farmer from
Tumkur has really done laudable R&D on this. Traditional system of
making VCO that was in vogue in Kerala is being rejuvenated in Aleppey
district.Small women groups are producing at least 500 litres per
month."

"Elaneer Soda ( Carbonated tender coconut drink) units, like local
milk booths are coming up in southern Kerala.Tumkur district in
Karnataka is sending a lorry load of coconut rib broomsticks every 3rd
day to northern India. There are many more."

For those interested, here are some contacts: Shree Padre, Water
Journalist, Post Vaninagar, Via: Perla - Kerala, 671 552 Phone : 04998
- 266148 E-mail: shreepadre at gmail.com Web :
http://www.farmedia.org/profiles/Padre.html
http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org/People/RuralJY.htm#shre
http://www.goodnewsindia.com/Pages/content/conservation/shreePadre.html
http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/mar212006/spectrum1554472006320.asp
http://www.farmedia.org/adikepatrike.html
http://www.civilsocietyonline.com/Sept07/sep077.asp
http://www.dry-net.org/uploaded_files/interviewshreepadre.pdf

--
Frederick Noronha http://fn.goa-india.org Ph +91-832-2409490
Links from Goa: http://goalinks.livejournal.com/
Frederick [FN] Noronha * फ्रेडरिक नोरोंया
2008-01-10 20:08:38 UTC
Permalink
Some days back, a journalist colleague from north Kerala (Shree Padre)
wrote in to ask about the way that coconut could be used. We hope to
have this query about coconut to be raised via the United Nation's
Solutions Exchange network, which is quite useful. Feel free to log in
and raise queries relevant to the subjects being discussed
www.solutionexchange-un.net.in You can contact TN Anuradha
<tn.anuradha at undp.org> for more details. One SolutionExchange network
that might be of interest would be related to food and nutrition
security.

This is a subject of much relevance to Goa.

Basically, Shree Padre is a farmer by profession and also involved in
farm and water journalism through Adike Pathrike (Farmer's Own Media).
Adike Pathrike is a journal which caters exclusively to farmers with
the objective of building up an informed farming community. The
journal is given to highlighting on individual farmers' experience,
their indigenous
knowledge and analyses their successes and failures. It also provides
them information on different crops and farming practices. Adike
Patrike intends throw light on coconut production, its processing and
its various value added products for its readers.

As it had been noted: India ranks number one in productivity among
other coconut growing countries in the world. The average productivity
of coconut in the country is 7,608 nuts per ha (2005-06). Of the total
production of coconuts, about 5 % is consumed in the tender form for
drinking purposes. The rest is utilised as mature nuts for household
and religious purposes and for the production of edible copra, milling
copra and desiccated coconut. Coconut oil production in the country is
nearly 4.5 lakh tonnes. Of this 40 % is consumed for edible purposes,
46 % for toiletry uses and 14 % for industrial uses. Apart from
putting coconuts and coconut products to various edible and a variety
of non-edible purposes ranging from rafters (for roofs) to broom
sticks and also to handicrafts, there have been efforts for
development of new value added products through product
diversification and by-product utilization. Coconut cream, spray/
dried coconut milk powder, preserved and packed tender coconut water
and coconut water based vinegar are a few of them.

Some emerging queries:

* What are the most feasible options for value-addition on commercial lines?

* What are the training and capacity building opportunities available
for coconut farmers on value addition?

* How do research findings on use of coconut oil/its by-products
compare with those of other edible oils/their products from human and
animal health point of view?

Shree Padre <shreepadre at gmail.com> writes: "Thailand, Philippines,
Indonesia have done extraordinary progress in
coconut value addition. Unfortunately, we don't have the basic
information of the products they make there, forget about its
economics, marketing skill and other aspects. Most of these are
low-tech medium capital small and home industries. Even inside our
country whatever efforts are done in the field of coconut value
addition is not thrown adequate media light.Kerala has been coming up
with many interesting ventures. Coconut oil toilet soaps in south
Kerala are giving considerable competition to multinational soap
companies."

He adds: "More than half a a couple of companies are making VCO
(virgin coconut oil). After we highlighted this in our Adike Patrike,
2-3 farmers have also started following suit. One organic farmer from
Tumkur has really done laudable R&D on this. Traditional system of
making VCO that was in vogue in Kerala is being rejuvenated in Aleppey
district.Small women groups are producing at least 500 litres per
month."

"Elaneer Soda ( Carbonated tender coconut drink) units, like local
milk booths are coming up in southern Kerala.Tumkur district in
Karnataka is sending a lorry load of coconut rib broomsticks every 3rd
day to northern India. There are many more."

For those interested, here are some contacts: Shree Padre, Water
Journalist, Post Vaninagar, Via: Perla - Kerala, 671 552 Phone : 04998
- 266148 E-mail: shreepadre at gmail.com Web :
http://www.farmedia.org/profiles/Padre.html
http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org/People/RuralJY.htm#shre
http://www.goodnewsindia.com/Pages/content/conservation/shreePadre.html
http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/mar212006/spectrum1554472006320.asp
http://www.farmedia.org/adikepatrike.html
http://www.civilsocietyonline.com/Sept07/sep077.asp
http://www.dry-net.org/uploaded_files/interviewshreepadre.pdf

--
Frederick Noronha http://fn.goa-india.org Ph +91-832-2409490
Links from Goa: http://goalinks.livejournal.com/
Frederick [FN] Noronha * फ्रेडरिक नोरोंया
2008-01-10 20:08:38 UTC
Permalink
Some days back, a journalist colleague from north Kerala (Shree Padre)
wrote in to ask about the way that coconut could be used. We hope to
have this query about coconut to be raised via the United Nation's
Solutions Exchange network, which is quite useful. Feel free to log in
and raise queries relevant to the subjects being discussed
www.solutionexchange-un.net.in You can contact TN Anuradha
<tn.anuradha at undp.org> for more details. One SolutionExchange network
that might be of interest would be related to food and nutrition
security.

This is a subject of much relevance to Goa.

Basically, Shree Padre is a farmer by profession and also involved in
farm and water journalism through Adike Pathrike (Farmer's Own Media).
Adike Pathrike is a journal which caters exclusively to farmers with
the objective of building up an informed farming community. The
journal is given to highlighting on individual farmers' experience,
their indigenous
knowledge and analyses their successes and failures. It also provides
them information on different crops and farming practices. Adike
Patrike intends throw light on coconut production, its processing and
its various value added products for its readers.

As it had been noted: India ranks number one in productivity among
other coconut growing countries in the world. The average productivity
of coconut in the country is 7,608 nuts per ha (2005-06). Of the total
production of coconuts, about 5 % is consumed in the tender form for
drinking purposes. The rest is utilised as mature nuts for household
and religious purposes and for the production of edible copra, milling
copra and desiccated coconut. Coconut oil production in the country is
nearly 4.5 lakh tonnes. Of this 40 % is consumed for edible purposes,
46 % for toiletry uses and 14 % for industrial uses. Apart from
putting coconuts and coconut products to various edible and a variety
of non-edible purposes ranging from rafters (for roofs) to broom
sticks and also to handicrafts, there have been efforts for
development of new value added products through product
diversification and by-product utilization. Coconut cream, spray/
dried coconut milk powder, preserved and packed tender coconut water
and coconut water based vinegar are a few of them.

Some emerging queries:

* What are the most feasible options for value-addition on commercial lines?

* What are the training and capacity building opportunities available
for coconut farmers on value addition?

* How do research findings on use of coconut oil/its by-products
compare with those of other edible oils/their products from human and
animal health point of view?

Shree Padre <shreepadre at gmail.com> writes: "Thailand, Philippines,
Indonesia have done extraordinary progress in
coconut value addition. Unfortunately, we don't have the basic
information of the products they make there, forget about its
economics, marketing skill and other aspects. Most of these are
low-tech medium capital small and home industries. Even inside our
country whatever efforts are done in the field of coconut value
addition is not thrown adequate media light.Kerala has been coming up
with many interesting ventures. Coconut oil toilet soaps in south
Kerala are giving considerable competition to multinational soap
companies."

He adds: "More than half a a couple of companies are making VCO
(virgin coconut oil). After we highlighted this in our Adike Patrike,
2-3 farmers have also started following suit. One organic farmer from
Tumkur has really done laudable R&D on this. Traditional system of
making VCO that was in vogue in Kerala is being rejuvenated in Aleppey
district.Small women groups are producing at least 500 litres per
month."

"Elaneer Soda ( Carbonated tender coconut drink) units, like local
milk booths are coming up in southern Kerala.Tumkur district in
Karnataka is sending a lorry load of coconut rib broomsticks every 3rd
day to northern India. There are many more."

For those interested, here are some contacts: Shree Padre, Water
Journalist, Post Vaninagar, Via: Perla - Kerala, 671 552 Phone : 04998
- 266148 E-mail: shreepadre at gmail.com Web :
http://www.farmedia.org/profiles/Padre.html
http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org/People/RuralJY.htm#shre
http://www.goodnewsindia.com/Pages/content/conservation/shreePadre.html
http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/mar212006/spectrum1554472006320.asp
http://www.farmedia.org/adikepatrike.html
http://www.civilsocietyonline.com/Sept07/sep077.asp
http://www.dry-net.org/uploaded_files/interviewshreepadre.pdf

--
Frederick Noronha http://fn.goa-india.org Ph +91-832-2409490
Links from Goa: http://goalinks.livejournal.com/
Frederick [FN] Noronha * फ्रेडरिक नोरोंया
2008-01-10 20:08:38 UTC
Permalink
Some days back, a journalist colleague from north Kerala (Shree Padre)
wrote in to ask about the way that coconut could be used. We hope to
have this query about coconut to be raised via the United Nation's
Solutions Exchange network, which is quite useful. Feel free to log in
and raise queries relevant to the subjects being discussed
www.solutionexchange-un.net.in You can contact TN Anuradha
<tn.anuradha at undp.org> for more details. One SolutionExchange network
that might be of interest would be related to food and nutrition
security.

This is a subject of much relevance to Goa.

Basically, Shree Padre is a farmer by profession and also involved in
farm and water journalism through Adike Pathrike (Farmer's Own Media).
Adike Pathrike is a journal which caters exclusively to farmers with
the objective of building up an informed farming community. The
journal is given to highlighting on individual farmers' experience,
their indigenous
knowledge and analyses their successes and failures. It also provides
them information on different crops and farming practices. Adike
Patrike intends throw light on coconut production, its processing and
its various value added products for its readers.

As it had been noted: India ranks number one in productivity among
other coconut growing countries in the world. The average productivity
of coconut in the country is 7,608 nuts per ha (2005-06). Of the total
production of coconuts, about 5 % is consumed in the tender form for
drinking purposes. The rest is utilised as mature nuts for household
and religious purposes and for the production of edible copra, milling
copra and desiccated coconut. Coconut oil production in the country is
nearly 4.5 lakh tonnes. Of this 40 % is consumed for edible purposes,
46 % for toiletry uses and 14 % for industrial uses. Apart from
putting coconuts and coconut products to various edible and a variety
of non-edible purposes ranging from rafters (for roofs) to broom
sticks and also to handicrafts, there have been efforts for
development of new value added products through product
diversification and by-product utilization. Coconut cream, spray/
dried coconut milk powder, preserved and packed tender coconut water
and coconut water based vinegar are a few of them.

Some emerging queries:

* What are the most feasible options for value-addition on commercial lines?

* What are the training and capacity building opportunities available
for coconut farmers on value addition?

* How do research findings on use of coconut oil/its by-products
compare with those of other edible oils/their products from human and
animal health point of view?

Shree Padre <shreepadre at gmail.com> writes: "Thailand, Philippines,
Indonesia have done extraordinary progress in
coconut value addition. Unfortunately, we don't have the basic
information of the products they make there, forget about its
economics, marketing skill and other aspects. Most of these are
low-tech medium capital small and home industries. Even inside our
country whatever efforts are done in the field of coconut value
addition is not thrown adequate media light.Kerala has been coming up
with many interesting ventures. Coconut oil toilet soaps in south
Kerala are giving considerable competition to multinational soap
companies."

He adds: "More than half a a couple of companies are making VCO
(virgin coconut oil). After we highlighted this in our Adike Patrike,
2-3 farmers have also started following suit. One organic farmer from
Tumkur has really done laudable R&D on this. Traditional system of
making VCO that was in vogue in Kerala is being rejuvenated in Aleppey
district.Small women groups are producing at least 500 litres per
month."

"Elaneer Soda ( Carbonated tender coconut drink) units, like local
milk booths are coming up in southern Kerala.Tumkur district in
Karnataka is sending a lorry load of coconut rib broomsticks every 3rd
day to northern India. There are many more."

For those interested, here are some contacts: Shree Padre, Water
Journalist, Post Vaninagar, Via: Perla - Kerala, 671 552 Phone : 04998
- 266148 E-mail: shreepadre at gmail.com Web :
http://www.farmedia.org/profiles/Padre.html
http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org/People/RuralJY.htm#shre
http://www.goodnewsindia.com/Pages/content/conservation/shreePadre.html
http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/mar212006/spectrum1554472006320.asp
http://www.farmedia.org/adikepatrike.html
http://www.civilsocietyonline.com/Sept07/sep077.asp
http://www.dry-net.org/uploaded_files/interviewshreepadre.pdf

--
Frederick Noronha http://fn.goa-india.org Ph +91-832-2409490
Links from Goa: http://goalinks.livejournal.com/
Frederick [FN] Noronha * फ्रेडरिक नोरोंया
2008-01-10 20:08:38 UTC
Permalink
Some days back, a journalist colleague from north Kerala (Shree Padre)
wrote in to ask about the way that coconut could be used. We hope to
have this query about coconut to be raised via the United Nation's
Solutions Exchange network, which is quite useful. Feel free to log in
and raise queries relevant to the subjects being discussed
www.solutionexchange-un.net.in You can contact TN Anuradha
<tn.anuradha at undp.org> for more details. One SolutionExchange network
that might be of interest would be related to food and nutrition
security.

This is a subject of much relevance to Goa.

Basically, Shree Padre is a farmer by profession and also involved in
farm and water journalism through Adike Pathrike (Farmer's Own Media).
Adike Pathrike is a journal which caters exclusively to farmers with
the objective of building up an informed farming community. The
journal is given to highlighting on individual farmers' experience,
their indigenous
knowledge and analyses their successes and failures. It also provides
them information on different crops and farming practices. Adike
Patrike intends throw light on coconut production, its processing and
its various value added products for its readers.

As it had been noted: India ranks number one in productivity among
other coconut growing countries in the world. The average productivity
of coconut in the country is 7,608 nuts per ha (2005-06). Of the total
production of coconuts, about 5 % is consumed in the tender form for
drinking purposes. The rest is utilised as mature nuts for household
and religious purposes and for the production of edible copra, milling
copra and desiccated coconut. Coconut oil production in the country is
nearly 4.5 lakh tonnes. Of this 40 % is consumed for edible purposes,
46 % for toiletry uses and 14 % for industrial uses. Apart from
putting coconuts and coconut products to various edible and a variety
of non-edible purposes ranging from rafters (for roofs) to broom
sticks and also to handicrafts, there have been efforts for
development of new value added products through product
diversification and by-product utilization. Coconut cream, spray/
dried coconut milk powder, preserved and packed tender coconut water
and coconut water based vinegar are a few of them.

Some emerging queries:

* What are the most feasible options for value-addition on commercial lines?

* What are the training and capacity building opportunities available
for coconut farmers on value addition?

* How do research findings on use of coconut oil/its by-products
compare with those of other edible oils/their products from human and
animal health point of view?

Shree Padre <shreepadre at gmail.com> writes: "Thailand, Philippines,
Indonesia have done extraordinary progress in
coconut value addition. Unfortunately, we don't have the basic
information of the products they make there, forget about its
economics, marketing skill and other aspects. Most of these are
low-tech medium capital small and home industries. Even inside our
country whatever efforts are done in the field of coconut value
addition is not thrown adequate media light.Kerala has been coming up
with many interesting ventures. Coconut oil toilet soaps in south
Kerala are giving considerable competition to multinational soap
companies."

He adds: "More than half a a couple of companies are making VCO
(virgin coconut oil). After we highlighted this in our Adike Patrike,
2-3 farmers have also started following suit. One organic farmer from
Tumkur has really done laudable R&D on this. Traditional system of
making VCO that was in vogue in Kerala is being rejuvenated in Aleppey
district.Small women groups are producing at least 500 litres per
month."

"Elaneer Soda ( Carbonated tender coconut drink) units, like local
milk booths are coming up in southern Kerala.Tumkur district in
Karnataka is sending a lorry load of coconut rib broomsticks every 3rd
day to northern India. There are many more."

For those interested, here are some contacts: Shree Padre, Water
Journalist, Post Vaninagar, Via: Perla - Kerala, 671 552 Phone : 04998
- 266148 E-mail: shreepadre at gmail.com Web :
http://www.farmedia.org/profiles/Padre.html
http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org/People/RuralJY.htm#shre
http://www.goodnewsindia.com/Pages/content/conservation/shreePadre.html
http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/mar212006/spectrum1554472006320.asp
http://www.farmedia.org/adikepatrike.html
http://www.civilsocietyonline.com/Sept07/sep077.asp
http://www.dry-net.org/uploaded_files/interviewshreepadre.pdf

--
Frederick Noronha http://fn.goa-india.org Ph +91-832-2409490
Links from Goa: http://goalinks.livejournal.com/
Frederick [FN] Noronha * फ्रेडरिक नोरोंया
2008-01-10 20:08:38 UTC
Permalink
Some days back, a journalist colleague from north Kerala (Shree Padre)
wrote in to ask about the way that coconut could be used. We hope to
have this query about coconut to be raised via the United Nation's
Solutions Exchange network, which is quite useful. Feel free to log in
and raise queries relevant to the subjects being discussed
www.solutionexchange-un.net.in You can contact TN Anuradha
<tn.anuradha at undp.org> for more details. One SolutionExchange network
that might be of interest would be related to food and nutrition
security.

This is a subject of much relevance to Goa.

Basically, Shree Padre is a farmer by profession and also involved in
farm and water journalism through Adike Pathrike (Farmer's Own Media).
Adike Pathrike is a journal which caters exclusively to farmers with
the objective of building up an informed farming community. The
journal is given to highlighting on individual farmers' experience,
their indigenous
knowledge and analyses their successes and failures. It also provides
them information on different crops and farming practices. Adike
Patrike intends throw light on coconut production, its processing and
its various value added products for its readers.

As it had been noted: India ranks number one in productivity among
other coconut growing countries in the world. The average productivity
of coconut in the country is 7,608 nuts per ha (2005-06). Of the total
production of coconuts, about 5 % is consumed in the tender form for
drinking purposes. The rest is utilised as mature nuts for household
and religious purposes and for the production of edible copra, milling
copra and desiccated coconut. Coconut oil production in the country is
nearly 4.5 lakh tonnes. Of this 40 % is consumed for edible purposes,
46 % for toiletry uses and 14 % for industrial uses. Apart from
putting coconuts and coconut products to various edible and a variety
of non-edible purposes ranging from rafters (for roofs) to broom
sticks and also to handicrafts, there have been efforts for
development of new value added products through product
diversification and by-product utilization. Coconut cream, spray/
dried coconut milk powder, preserved and packed tender coconut water
and coconut water based vinegar are a few of them.

Some emerging queries:

* What are the most feasible options for value-addition on commercial lines?

* What are the training and capacity building opportunities available
for coconut farmers on value addition?

* How do research findings on use of coconut oil/its by-products
compare with those of other edible oils/their products from human and
animal health point of view?

Shree Padre <shreepadre at gmail.com> writes: "Thailand, Philippines,
Indonesia have done extraordinary progress in
coconut value addition. Unfortunately, we don't have the basic
information of the products they make there, forget about its
economics, marketing skill and other aspects. Most of these are
low-tech medium capital small and home industries. Even inside our
country whatever efforts are done in the field of coconut value
addition is not thrown adequate media light.Kerala has been coming up
with many interesting ventures. Coconut oil toilet soaps in south
Kerala are giving considerable competition to multinational soap
companies."

He adds: "More than half a a couple of companies are making VCO
(virgin coconut oil). After we highlighted this in our Adike Patrike,
2-3 farmers have also started following suit. One organic farmer from
Tumkur has really done laudable R&D on this. Traditional system of
making VCO that was in vogue in Kerala is being rejuvenated in Aleppey
district.Small women groups are producing at least 500 litres per
month."

"Elaneer Soda ( Carbonated tender coconut drink) units, like local
milk booths are coming up in southern Kerala.Tumkur district in
Karnataka is sending a lorry load of coconut rib broomsticks every 3rd
day to northern India. There are many more."

For those interested, here are some contacts: Shree Padre, Water
Journalist, Post Vaninagar, Via: Perla - Kerala, 671 552 Phone : 04998
- 266148 E-mail: shreepadre at gmail.com Web :
http://www.farmedia.org/profiles/Padre.html
http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org/People/RuralJY.htm#shre
http://www.goodnewsindia.com/Pages/content/conservation/shreePadre.html
http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/mar212006/spectrum1554472006320.asp
http://www.farmedia.org/adikepatrike.html
http://www.civilsocietyonline.com/Sept07/sep077.asp
http://www.dry-net.org/uploaded_files/interviewshreepadre.pdf

--
Frederick Noronha http://fn.goa-india.org Ph +91-832-2409490
Links from Goa: http://goalinks.livejournal.com/
Frederick [FN] Noronha * फ्रेडरिक नोरोंया
2008-01-10 20:08:38 UTC
Permalink
Some days back, a journalist colleague from north Kerala (Shree Padre)
wrote in to ask about the way that coconut could be used. We hope to
have this query about coconut to be raised via the United Nation's
Solutions Exchange network, which is quite useful. Feel free to log in
and raise queries relevant to the subjects being discussed
www.solutionexchange-un.net.in You can contact TN Anuradha
<tn.anuradha at undp.org> for more details. One SolutionExchange network
that might be of interest would be related to food and nutrition
security.

This is a subject of much relevance to Goa.

Basically, Shree Padre is a farmer by profession and also involved in
farm and water journalism through Adike Pathrike (Farmer's Own Media).
Adike Pathrike is a journal which caters exclusively to farmers with
the objective of building up an informed farming community. The
journal is given to highlighting on individual farmers' experience,
their indigenous
knowledge and analyses their successes and failures. It also provides
them information on different crops and farming practices. Adike
Patrike intends throw light on coconut production, its processing and
its various value added products for its readers.

As it had been noted: India ranks number one in productivity among
other coconut growing countries in the world. The average productivity
of coconut in the country is 7,608 nuts per ha (2005-06). Of the total
production of coconuts, about 5 % is consumed in the tender form for
drinking purposes. The rest is utilised as mature nuts for household
and religious purposes and for the production of edible copra, milling
copra and desiccated coconut. Coconut oil production in the country is
nearly 4.5 lakh tonnes. Of this 40 % is consumed for edible purposes,
46 % for toiletry uses and 14 % for industrial uses. Apart from
putting coconuts and coconut products to various edible and a variety
of non-edible purposes ranging from rafters (for roofs) to broom
sticks and also to handicrafts, there have been efforts for
development of new value added products through product
diversification and by-product utilization. Coconut cream, spray/
dried coconut milk powder, preserved and packed tender coconut water
and coconut water based vinegar are a few of them.

Some emerging queries:

* What are the most feasible options for value-addition on commercial lines?

* What are the training and capacity building opportunities available
for coconut farmers on value addition?

* How do research findings on use of coconut oil/its by-products
compare with those of other edible oils/their products from human and
animal health point of view?

Shree Padre <shreepadre at gmail.com> writes: "Thailand, Philippines,
Indonesia have done extraordinary progress in
coconut value addition. Unfortunately, we don't have the basic
information of the products they make there, forget about its
economics, marketing skill and other aspects. Most of these are
low-tech medium capital small and home industries. Even inside our
country whatever efforts are done in the field of coconut value
addition is not thrown adequate media light.Kerala has been coming up
with many interesting ventures. Coconut oil toilet soaps in south
Kerala are giving considerable competition to multinational soap
companies."

He adds: "More than half a a couple of companies are making VCO
(virgin coconut oil). After we highlighted this in our Adike Patrike,
2-3 farmers have also started following suit. One organic farmer from
Tumkur has really done laudable R&D on this. Traditional system of
making VCO that was in vogue in Kerala is being rejuvenated in Aleppey
district.Small women groups are producing at least 500 litres per
month."

"Elaneer Soda ( Carbonated tender coconut drink) units, like local
milk booths are coming up in southern Kerala.Tumkur district in
Karnataka is sending a lorry load of coconut rib broomsticks every 3rd
day to northern India. There are many more."

For those interested, here are some contacts: Shree Padre, Water
Journalist, Post Vaninagar, Via: Perla - Kerala, 671 552 Phone : 04998
- 266148 E-mail: shreepadre at gmail.com Web :
http://www.farmedia.org/profiles/Padre.html
http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org/People/RuralJY.htm#shre
http://www.goodnewsindia.com/Pages/content/conservation/shreePadre.html
http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/mar212006/spectrum1554472006320.asp
http://www.farmedia.org/adikepatrike.html
http://www.civilsocietyonline.com/Sept07/sep077.asp
http://www.dry-net.org/uploaded_files/interviewshreepadre.pdf

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Frederick Noronha http://fn.goa-india.org Ph +91-832-2409490
Links from Goa: http://goalinks.livejournal.com/

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