Hosted Date : 06.07.2012
COCOTECH is the permanent panel on coconut technology of the APCC. This gathering of coconut development workers, researchers, farmers, processors, importers, exporters and government policy makers in APCC member countries is held once every two years. It is a venue for the exchange of ideas on new technologies, processes, products, market trends and prospects, related to the coconut industry. The COCOTECH Meeting is open to interested individuals from the government and private sectors of the coconut industry worldwide.
Kochi, July 06, 2012: India’s continuing efforts at developing its coconut and coir industries that contribute substantially to its rural
Kochi, July 4: Coconut sugar, made from coconut product, is found to be too good for human health, especially for diabetics.
Kochi, July 4::Mr John Trucker, Director of "So Delicious Dairy Free", an American company dealing in Coconut based foods in the United States
Kochi, July 03: The coconut festival organised by the Coconut Development Board on the sidelines of the 45th COCONUT international conference at the Taj Gateway Hotel in Kochi is attracting large crowd.
Inaugurating the conference, Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution , Mr K V Thomas, stressed the need for bringing coconut in its varied form of fresh kernel, milk, milk powder, desiccated coconut powder and ball copra as part of diet.
In his opening remarks Mr Romulo N Arancon, Jr, Executive Director, APCC, called for concerted efforts to increase coconut production and find new technologies for the farmers.
Mr Ashish Bahuguna, IAS, Secretary (Agriculture) said with 5 million farmers engaged in coconut production, India is the second largest coconut producing country, accounting for 27 per cent of the total global production. This conference is being attended by the largest ever number of delegates at the COCOTECH session of APCC.
Mr T K Jose, IAS, Chairman of Coconut Development Board said CDB has achieved significant progress within the framework of the mandate and looking into alarming issues like dearth of coconut climbers and underlined the immediate task to mobilize the widely scattered farmers into collection groups in the form of Coconut Producers Society (CPS).
APCC Ex. Director Romulo N Arancon calls for concerted efforts to ensure food security
Kochi, July 2 :Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) Executed Director, Mr. Romulo N. Arancon has called upon all countries, especially the developing nation in Asia and pacific region to make concerted efforts to ensure food security and nutrition by raising agricultural productivity and alleviating poverty. We must focus on technologies, good agricultural practices to boost productivity to major food crops. In the coconut sector, there is a need to increase productivity with a strong advocacy for a systematic, well-funded coconut replanting programe, to replace senile palms”, he said while inaugurating the 45th COCOTECH Meeting here today.
CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 45TH APCC COCOTECH MEETING
A Committee composed of all Heads of Country Delegations in APCC member countries and chaired by the APCC Executive Director formulated the recommendations after deliberating on the issues raised in the technical presentations and question and answer sessions:
- Policy Recommendations for APCC Member Countries:
1. Recognizing the relevance of the theme of the 45th APCC COCOTECH Meeting, the delegates re-affirm the importance of putting the small coconut farmers and farm workers in the center of sustainable development efforts. The meeting recommends that genuine inclusive economic growth and sustainable development should include policies and programs whose benefits must be justly shared by the poor and marginalized coconut farmers who are at the bottom of the pyramid.
2. Recognizing the technological developments in coconut crop improvement through hybridization and proper selection, the meeting recommends that the APCC member countries in collaboration with Bioversity/COGENT officially adopt a scheme for the efficient and effective exchange of germplasm to support the coconut replanting and rejuvenation programs in the respective countries. The meeting further recommends that the signed UN-FAO Treaty on Germplasm Exchange be pursued.