Shri. Sreekumar Poduval, Processing Engineer or Smt.Annie Eapen, Chemist
Coconut Development Board Institute of Technology (CIT) Keenpuram
South Vazhakulam, Aluva , Ernakulam. Pin-683 105
Phone: 0484-2679680 , Email: citaluva(at)gmail(dot)com

Services offered by CDB Institute of Technology (CIT)

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Technology Demonstration and Training Centre

India is endowed with excellent resources for promoting Coconut based industries especially in farm level processing. The potential in this sector has not been tapped to the fullest extent. Post harvest losses due to quality deterioration in storage, poor handling techniques and inefficient processing, lack of attention to quality and hygiene and poor packaging techniques are some of the factors hindering the development of coconut based industries.

To address these issues, the Board imparts training cum demonstration programs in coconut processing for self help groups, farmer groups, NGOs, coconut producer societies/Federations, cooperative societies and individual entrepreneurs for upgrading their entrepreneurship development skills for optimum utilization of resources, adopting efficient processing techniques, usage of cost effective packaging systems, application of food safety management systems and maintaining desired product quality standards. The broader objectives of the training program are to impart leadership qualities and provide marketing tips, familiarize the participants on quality control and quality management systems being followed in food processing industries.

Training Programmes conducted at CDB Institute of Technology

S No Name of training programme Duration Fees Topics/ Products covered Targeted participants Facilities offered
1 Coconut Convenience Foods-1 day- Demonstration only 1 Day Rs.500/- per head Coconut chips, Chocolate, Cookies, Lemonade (squash), Pickle- 5 products, Theory sessions on value addition, packaging & Hygiene. Kudmbasree units, Individuals, other groups, FPOs(CPS, CPF,CPC) Tea& snacks, Lunch
2 Coconut Convenience Foods-4 Days 4 Days Rs.2000/- per head Coconut chips, Chocolate, Cookies, Lemonade, Pickle, Chutney Powder, Burfi, Coconut balls, Coconut candy, Coconut Jelly Theory sessions on value addition, packaging & Hygiene. Kudmbasree units, Individuals, other groups, FPOs(CPS, CPF,CPC) Tea& snacks , Lunch
3 Coconut Vinegar from coconut water by slow process/ Nata de coco. 1 Day Rs.2000/- per firm (max. two persons)) Coconut Vinegar Basic science knowledge Kudmbasree units, Individuals, other groups, FPOs(CPS, CPF,CPC) Tea& snacks , Lunch
4 Minimally Processed Tender Coconut 1 Day Rs.1000/- Per unit (max.2 persons) Processed Tender Coconut Kudmbasree units, Individuals, other groups, FPOs (CPS, CPF,CPC Tea& snacks , Lunch
5 Neera Value added products 6 days Rs.3000/- per person (without accommodation) Neera based value added products CPFs/CPCs Tea & snacks, Lunch
6 Training on Chemical analysis. 1 week Rs.7500/- per person Chemical analysis of coconut products Minimum qualification- Graduation in Chemistry/ Biochemistry/  Food chemistry/ Food Technology Nil
7 Training on Microbiological analysis 2 weeks Rs.15,000/- per person Microbiological analysis Minimum Qualification – Graduation in Microbiology Nil
8 Entrepreneurship Development Programme (Newly introduced) 4 days Rs.5000/- Classes on entrepreneurship development & schemes of CDB - Tea & snacks, Lunch

Quality Testing Plant

The laboratory located at South Vazhakulam, Aluva is NABL accredited and is equipped with advanced analytical instruments and testing facilities to carry out tests for chemical and microbiological parameters of coconut based products and other food products.

Quality Testing Services and Analytical Charges for various parameters
Chemical Parameters
Moisture Content Fat / oil Content Acid Value Iodine Value Saponification Value
Specific Gravity Viscosity Unsaponifiable Matter Acidity Carbohydrate
Protein Fatty Acid Profile Vitamin-E Colour Value Refractive Index
Polenske Value Total Solids Ash content Particle size Toxic Metals (Arsenic, Zinc, Lead, Mercury Etc).
Trace Metals (Na, K, Ca, Fe Etc.) Adulterants in coconut oil Sand/Silica. Nitrogen (N2) Phosphorous (P2O5)
Potassium (K2O)
Microbiology Parameters
Total Plate Count (TPC) Coliforms. Yeast and Mould. E.coli Salmonella. Staphylococus Aureous.

Approved Analytical Charges for Chemical and Microbiological Parameters

Sl. No. Chemical Parameters Rate/ sample
A. Coconut Oil/ Virgin Coconut Oil
1 Moisture 450.00
2 Colour Value by Lovibond Tintometer 350.00
3 Refractive Index 350.00
4 Iodine Value 500.00
5 Saphonification Value 500.00
6 Specific Gravity 350.00
7 Acid Value 450.00
8 Free Fatty Acids (FFA) 450.00
9 Acid Value & Free Fatty Acids 600.00
10 Unsaponifiable matter 600.00
11 Polenske Value 600.00
12 Insoluble Impurities 450.00
13 Peroxide Value 500.00
14 Test for Mineral Oil 500.00
15 Argemone Oil 500.00
16 Test for Cotton Seed Oil 500.00
17 Test for Gingelly Oil 500.00
18 Test for Palm Oil 500.00
19 Fatty Acid Composition 3500.00
20 Vitamin E 3500.00
21 Heavy Metals by AAS  (Pb, Cu & As) - each 750.00
B. Desiccated Coconut
22 Determination of Particle size 350.00
23 Moisture content by Oven method 450.00
24 Total Ash 500.00
25 Acid Insoluble Ash 500.00
26 Oil Content (Fat ) % 600.00
27 FFA of Fat extracted 450.00
28 Protein 600.00
29 Extraneous Matter 400.00
C. Coconut Oilcake & Copra BIS Specification
30 Moisture % by weight (Tolune Method) 500.00
31 Protein 600.00
32 Crude fibre 600.00
33 Total Ash % by weight (Total Minerals) 500.00
34 Acid Insoluble Ash % by weight 500.00
Neem Cake/Organic Fertiliser
35 Moisture 450.00
36 Oil Content (on dry basis) 600.00
37 Nitrogen (N) 600.00
38 Phosphrous (P) P2O5 750.00
39 Potassium (K) K2O 750.00
40 Sand & Silica 500.00
D. Brewed Vinegar PFA standards
41 Acidity as acetic acid 450.00
42 Total Soluble Solids 450.00
43 Total Ash 500.00
44 Alcohol Present / Persentage of Alcohol 600.00
45 Test for Mineral Acids 500.00
46 Lead/Copper/ Arsenic-each 750.00
E. Nutritional Parameters
47 Fat 600.00
48 Protein 600.00
49 Fibre 600.00
50 Total Ash (Minerals) 500.00
51 Carbohydrate (Total Sugar) 600.00
52 Dietary Fibre 750.00
53 Metals & Minerals (Na, K, Ca, Zn, Mg, P, Cu) 750.00
F. Biological
54 Total Plate Count 500.00
55 Yeast & mould 400.00
56 Coliforms 450.00
57 E. coli 800.00
58 Salmonella 1500.00
59 Staphylococcus aureus 800.00
60 Listeria 1500.00
61 Clostridum perfringens 1500.00
62 Sulphite reducing Clostridia 700.00
63 E. coli (Water) 450.00