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.

COCOTECH-2012 delegates gain first hand experience on India’s development in coconut and coir sectors

Kochi, July 06, 2012: India’s continuing efforts at developing its coconut and coir industries that contribute substantially to its rural economy and foreign exchange earnings, received wide appreciation from a cross section of foreign representatives of coconut growing countries when they were taken to areas connected with coconut cultivation, industrial production and research activities, as part of a field visit.

Organized by the Coconut Development Board (CDB) as part of the 5-day 45th COCOTECH-2012, in progress in Kochi since July 02, the visit took the delegates to the Indo German Activated Carbon manufacturing unit assisted by the CDB, at Eloor, a coconut inter-crop plantation at Kokothamangalam, Cherthala, the Central Coir Research Institute(CCRI) of the Coir Board at Kalavoor and a Coir Mats and Mattings manufacturing unit both at Alappuzha.

The delegates, including women, also availed the opportunity to try their dexterity in climbing coconut palm, using climbing device provided by Coconut Development Board during lunch and leisure organized at the palm fringed Marari Beach Hotel, Alappuzha. A demonstration, by ‘Friends of Coconut Trees’ on climbing of coconut trees, was specially organized.

Asked about the impressions on the on-going technical session and the field visit, Mr Benjamin B Ripple of Big Tree Farms, Inc. , a delegate from Indonesia, the second largest coconut producing country in the world, summed it up thus:

“The COCOTECH Conference has been a phenomenal opportunity to meet members of producer countries both government and private as well as numerous individuals from importing countries. The program has afforded an opportunity to network and brainstorm on important steps in the development of a sustainable coconut value chain internationally.”

The outcome of the 5-day COCOTECH session, which concluded today, is expected to be of great benefit to the 16 member countries representing the Asian & Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) in its pursuit for “Inclusive Growth & Sustainable Development of the Coconut Industry “.