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Muthukulam Panchayat Federation of Coconut Producers Society, Muthukulam South, Alappuzha delivered 6.25 ton FAQ value copra to NAFED through State Level Agency Marketfed on 30th July 2013.
Palakkad Coconut Producers company, Palakkad delivered 7.5 MT of FAQ grade milling copra to NAFED through State Level Agency Marketfed on 30th July 2013.
Coconut Development Board notified as Export Promotion Council
It is hereby informed that vide Public Notice No.169(RE-2008)/2004-2009 New Delhi dated the 1st April 2009 of the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India has notified Coconut Development Board as an Export Promotion Council (EPC) for all coconut products other than those made from coconut husk and fiber. A sizeable quantity of coconut and coconut products are exported from the country with registration from various Export Promotion Councils. In pursuance of the above notification coconut products such as tender coconuts, tender coconut water, packed tender coconut water, nata-de-coco, coconut water based vinegar, coconut water based soft drinks/beverages, raw coconuts, partially dehusked coconuts, Desiccated coconut powder, skimmed milk powder, coconut milk/cream, coconut oil, dry coconuts, ball copra, cut copra coconut flakes, coconut chips, coconut gratings, coconut parings, coconut chutney powder, medicated coconut oil, coconut oil based hair/massage oils, virgin coconut oil, coconut based convenience foods, Coconut shell, Coconut shell powder, coconut shell charcoal, coconut shell based activated carbon, handicrafts made out of coconut shell and parts of coconut tree, coconut wood furniture etc. fall within the jurisdiction of the Coconut Development Board which has now been notified as an Export Promotion Council. As RCMC from the Export Promotion Council concerned is mandatory for exports, to enable exporters to avail the various benefits under the Foreign Trade Policy and duty neutralization schemes of the Department of Revenue, it is requested that exporters/prospective exporters of coconut products (other than those made from coconut husk and fiber) get registered with the Coconut Development Board immediately.
Packaging plays a pivotal role in maintaining the quality of the product for storage, transportation and end use. With the objective to improve the quality of coconut products, Coconut Development Board has entrusted a project to the Indian Institute of Packaging to design and develop functional packages for certain coconut food products/handicrafts. Now the gist of study results on packaging are compiled in book form which will help manufacturers to adopt the recommended packaging and thereby improve their business and augment their earning. The book will serve as a guide and reference for all involved in the coconut industry especially the coconut processors and packaging units who wishes to adopt modern packaging technologies. The booklet on recommended packaging for coconut food products dealt with the packaging of coconut chips, frozen coconut meat, snow ball tender coconut, minimally processed tender coconut and edible copra. The chapters give emphasis on the specifications of the packaging materials, which could influence the quality of these food products and their shelf life. The booklet on recommended packaging for handicrafts provides the details of the recommended packaging materials for packaging of coconut handicrafts such as wine glass, ash tray, set of spoons and cup and saucer with glass bowls. The list of manufacturers of packaging method / Packaging machines is also given in annexure. Since you are a manufacturer of coconut food product/handicraft and have availed the assistance of the Board, it is requested to make use of the recommendations for packaging your products for better shelf life and maintaining quality. You may purchase the booklets “Recommended packaging” for Coconut food product’s by remitting an amount of Rs.1,000/- + Rs.36/- as postage and “Recommended packaging for coconut handicraft’s” for Rs.500/- + Rs.36/- as postage by way of demand draft addressing to the Chairman, Coconut Development Board, Kera Bhavan, Kochi-682 011.