Coconut Devpt Board to be formed in State

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Sep 2018 11:00:45



Staff Reporter

Keeping in view the tremendous potential of coconut farming in Chhattisgarh, regional office of the Coconut Development Board will be opened in the state for promoting this farming, said the state Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal while addressing as the chief guest in a national level programme on Sunday in the state capital.

On the occasion of World Coconut Day on Sunday, the programme was held at Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV) under the joint aegis of the Coconut Development Board, Kochi, and the Horticulture Department of Chhattisgarh government. Member of Parliament Ramesh Bais presided over the inaugural programme. Minister Brijmohan Agrawal also assured of providing land and other necessary cooperation of the state government for establishing the said regional office.

Minister Brijmohan Agrawal also read out the message of Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh that highlighted the coconut tree as a boon for the mankind. More than one crore farmers in the country are dependant of coconut farming.

More than 20 lakh hectares area is under coconut farming in the country and the production of coconut is presently near about 240 crores. India is the third major coconut producer in the world, the message highlighted.

In Chhattisgarh, coconut farming is done in Bastar, Kondagaon, Sukma, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kanker, Dhamtari and Raipur district. The potential is comparatively more in Bastar and a project of coconut development and research is being run by the coconut development board in Kondagaon.

MP Ramesh Bais also addressed the collective on the occasion. Coconut Development Board Chairman Raju Narayan Swamy, Additional Chief Secretary in CG government Sunil Kujur, State Planning Commission Member Dr D K Marothia and IGKV Vice-Chancellor Dr S K Patil graced the occasion.

Dr Patil focused that in Bastar a vast stretch of land, near about 25,000 hectares, has been found as suitable for coconut production, but the farming presently covers 1500 hectares. The average production per tree is 90 nuts and this is encouraging. Some of the plants are yielding from 250 to 350 fruits and research is on with them.