Hosted Date : 03.07.2012

Details of the meeting

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.

COCOTECH -2012 discusses about high yielding hybrids, pests and diseases

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.

A variety of items based on coconut are on display by various exhibitors and manufacturing units including tender coconut water, coconut paste, coconut skim milk, virgin coconut oil and coconut handicrafts.

At a technical presentation at the COCONUT meet, which is underway, Sri Lanka’s H A J Gunathilake, Director, Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila explained that studies were conducted to formulate a low cost spread cheese from coconut skim milk. It showed that coconut spread cheese can be made easily even without addition of emulsifiers. Thus the product is cheaper and better for low income consumers as nutritious modified food. Isolation of high yielding yeast strains is of interest in toddy fermentation and it is attempted to prepare a ready to use form in order to distribute it to the industry.

Technology was upgraded for conversion of seasoned coconut water into vinegar. In this study, it was revealed that coconut water adjusted to 17 degree and allowing for five days alcoholic fermentation period and then for acetic fermentation at the vinegar generator could yield the most acceptable vinegar within 3 cycles or runs, otherwise it takes about 37 days to convert coconut water into vinegar.

Sri Lanka is the second largest producer of desiccated coconut in the world. Dr L C Priyanthie Fernando, Head of crop Protection Division and Additional Director, Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka, also made a presentation.

Other topics like Integrated Management of major coconut pests using Phermone Lures by Dr K R M Bhanu, Assistant General Manager, Pest Control India, Bangalore, Processing of Virgin Coconut oil by Mrs Dina B Masa, French Agriculture Research Centre, France, Marketing Trends and Tetra Park Technology knowledge by Lai Kit Mun of Singapore, were also presented during the session.

Some delegated wanted to know how such a conference is going to help the coconut farmers.

Tomorrow, delegates from Indonesia, Singapore and Solomon islands are presenting papers.