Kochi: Coconut Development Board (CDB) is celebrating World Coconut Day 2018 on the theme ‘Coconut for Good Health, Wealth & Wellness’ on September 2 at Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, will inaugurate the programme and Brijmohan Agrawal, Agriculture Minister, Chhattisgarh, will preside over the function.
Ramesh Bais, MP, Raipur; Dinesh Kasyap, MP, Bastar; Devji Bhai Patel, MLA Dharseewa Constituency; Dr. S.K. Pattanayak IAS Secretary, Agriculture & Co-operation, Govt of India; and Dr. Sunil Kumar Kujur IAS, Additional Secretary & Agriculture Production Commissioner, Department of Agriculture & Co-operation, Chhattisgarh will be the Guests of Honour. Dr. Raju Narayana Swamy IAS, Chairman, CDB will deliver the welcome address and Narendra Kumar Pandey IFS, Director, Horticulture, Chhattisgarh will propose the vote of thanks on the occasion.
Every year, September 2 is celebrated as World Coconut Day to commemorate the formation day of Asian Pacific Coconut Community (APCC). APCC is an intergovernmental organisation of 18 member countries mandated to promote, coordinate and harmonize coconut developmental activities of the Asian Pacific region to achieve maximum economic development. India is one of the founder members of APCC. In India, World Coconut Day is celebrated every year under the aegis of Coconut Development Board in various coconut growing states across the country.
Around 500 farmers from all coconut growing states will take part in the function. An exhibition showcasing latest technologies in coconut sector will be held as part of the programme, which will be followed by a technical session on the theme chaired by Dr. P Chowdappa, Director, CPCRI and co-chaired by Saradindu Das, Chief Coconut Development Officer, CDB.
Coconut is cultivated in 12 districts of Chhattisgarh in an area of 1561 ha with an annual production of 126.17 lakhs nuts. The major coconut growing districts Kondagaon, Jagdalpur, Dhamtari and Kanker account for 81.61 per cent of the total area and 93.32 per cent of production of coconut in the state. During the last three years, CDB has extended financial assistance to the tune of Rs.91.38 lakh to the coconut farmers of the State under various programmes. A Demonstration cum Seed Production farm (DSP) in an area of 100 acres was established by the Board at Kondagaon. Scientific coconut cultivation practices viz. integrated pest/disease/nutrient management, intercropping with litchi, mango, guava, lemon, cashew, black pepper, cocoa, coffee and integrated farming are demonstrated in the farm. The DSP farm produces quality coconut seedlings of various varieties suited to the agro climatic condition of the area. The state also has scope for further expansion of area under coconut in various districts.