Dr. K.T. Pandurange Gowda, Dean (Agri), Agril., College, V.C. Farm, Mandya has presided over the meeting. In his presidential address he has highlighted the importance of World Coconut Day celebration and explained about the opportunities available for setting up of coconut processing units. He also briefed about the pests and diseases, schemes implemented by government departments, etc
Dr. T.I. Mathewkutty, Director, Coconut Development Board, Regional Office, Bangalore delivered key note address highlighting theme –“Farmer Producers Organization and value addition in coconut”. In his key note address he has emphasised the need for formrmation of more CPSs., CPFs., & CPCs for better realization of income per unit area by avoiding middle men and adopting group activities.
Shri K. Narendra Babu, Deputy Director of Horticulture, ZP., Mandya in his address requested all the farmers and participants to avail the benefits under different schemes implemented by the department of horticulture.
Inaugural session concluded with a vote of thanks by Mrs. M. Shantha, Assistant Director of Horticulture, ZP., Mandya.
Dr. H.T. Nagaraju, Principal Agri., Deploma College, UAS., VC Farm, Mandya explained about coconut production technology, Dr.V.B. Sanathkumar, Programme Co-ordinator, KVK., VC Farm, Mandya briefed about integrated pest management, Shri M.C. Kumar, Consultant, Horti., Clini, Mandya talked about value addition in coconut, Mr. Bindumadhav Wadavi, AGM., NABARD., Mandya and Mr. Basavarajappa, rep. from Lead Bank also spoke about the schemes and facilities available from the banking sector.