World Coconut Day - 2nd Sep 2013 [Bangalore]


Coconut Development Board, RO., Bangalore celebrated the 15th World Coconut Day on 2nd September 2013 along with the DSP Farm, Mandya in the premises of DSP Farm, Mandya. Shri M.K.Singh, Farm Manager, DSP Farm, Mandya welcomed all the dignitaries and participants.
Chief Guest of the programme was Shri D. Ramalingaiah, Ex-Chairman, Command Area Development Authority. In his address he expressed his happiness over the participation of women representatives and requested the scientists to find out suitable ways and means to safeguard the coconut trees grown under rainfed conditions. He requested the farming community to avail the benefits available under various schemes of Government Departments. He also emphasised the importance of coconut for poverty alleviation and better income to the farmers.
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Regional Office, Bangalore celebrated the 15th World Coconut Day along with the DSP Farm

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.

TECHNICAL SESSION

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.

Quotes

“Never before in the history of man it is so important to emphasize the value of lauric oils. The medium-chain fats in coconut oil are similar to fats in mother's milk and have similar nutriceutical effects. In the past four decades misinformation and disinformation provided by certain politically biased agricultural groups and repeated in professional and lay press have led people to believe that all saturated fats are unhealthy. Little attention is focused on the fact that saturated fatty acids are not a single family of fats but comprise three subgroups; short-(C2-C6), medium-(C8-C12) and long-(C14-C24) chain fatty acids. The medium chain fats are found exclusively in lauric oils. ” Jon J. Kabara, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University, Illinoiss, USA