Teaching entrepreneurs to work with coconut

By TheHindu on 30 Apr 2019 | read

An entrepreneurship development (ED) programme for selected young farmers and entrepreneurs from the Lakshadweep islands on value chain in coconut began at the Centre for Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) here on Monday.

The programme, sponsored by the National Horticulture Board (NHB), is aimed at empowering select young farmers and entrepreneurs from the different Lakshadweep Islands to take up enterprises on production and marketing of coconut value-added products and other coconut-based enterprises for income and employment, a press release issued by the CPCRI here on Monday said.

Empowering farmers

Noting that currently the coconut sector in the Lakshadweep islands mostly revolve around production and marketing of copra, the release said the ED programme’s thrust would be for empowering the young farmers from the Lakshadweep islands to form Farmer Producer Companies (FPC) that would take up production and marketing of various value-added coconut products targeting domestic and export markets.

These FPCs could make efforts to tap the potential for marketing coconut value-added products as ‘Lakshadweep organic’ brand also, the release said.

As part of the programme, 100 selected farmers and entrepreneurs in five batches would be trained.

Value-addition units

Apart from the sessions at the CPCRI, the trainees would be attached to the successful coconut-based value-addition units managed by entrepreneurs at different localities in Kerala, the release said.

The ED programme was inaugurated by K.N. Satheeshan, Associate Director of Research, Regional Agricultural Research Station, Pilicode here. Acting Director of the CPCRI Anitha Karun presided over the programme. S.S. Purty of NHB, CPCRI Principal Scientist C. Thamban and scientist (food processing) Shameena Begum were present.

As part of the programme, 100 selected farmers and entrepreneurs in five batches will be trained.