Established under the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India Coconut Development Board (CDB) is a statutory body for the integrated development of coconut cultivation and industry in the country with focus on productivity increase and product diversification Coconut Development Board is a statutory body established by the Government of India for the integrated development of coconut production and utilization in the country with focus on productivity increase and product diversification. The Board which came into existence on 12th January 1981, functions under the administrative control of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, with its Headquarters at Kochi in Kerala and Regional Offices at Bangalore in Karnataka, Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Guwahati in Assam and Patna in Bihar. There are five State Centres situated at Pitapally in Odhissa, Kolkata in West Bengal, Thane in Maharashtra, Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh and Port Blair in the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The Board has 12 Demonstration cum Seed Production (DSP) Farms in different locations of the country and now 10 farms are maintained. A Market Development cum Information Centre was established in Delhi. The Board has set up a Technology Development Centre at Vazhakulam near Aluva in Kerala and a Field office at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.
- Taking steps for the development of the coconut industry, inter alia.
- Providing technical advice to those engaged in coconut cultivation and industry.
- Giving financial and other assistance for the expansion of area under coconut.
- Encouraging usage of modern technologies for processing of coconut and its products.
- Adopting measures to get incentive prices for coconut and its products.
- Recommending measures for improving the marketing of coconut and its products.
- Recommending measures for regulating imports and exports of coconut and its products.
- Fixing grades, specifications, and standards for coconut and its products.
- Financing suitable schemes to increase the production of coconut and to improve the quality and yield of coconut.
- Assisting, encouraging, promoting and financing agricultural, technological, industrial or economic research on coconut and its products.
- Collecting statistics on coconut and its products and publishing them.
- Undertaking publicity activities and publishing books and periodicals on coconut and its products.
With a view to accomplishing the objectives envisaged under the Act, the Board has been formulating and implementing various schemes since its inception.
- Increasing the production of quality planting material.
- Creating future production potential by bringing more area under coconut.
- Improving the productivity of existing coconut holdings.
- Integrated management of major pests and diseases.
- Strengthening coconut industry by promoting product diversification and by-product utilization.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
- To focus attention on the huge potential for coconut convenience foods and range of product recipes.
- To impart training skills, entrepreneurship development, leadership qualities and provide marketing tips.
- To familiarize the participants about quality control operations & quality management systems being followed in food processing industries.
- To gain an insight into various packaging systems for the preservation of coconut convenience foods.
- Introductory session on a training programme.
- Product familiarization.
- Product demonstration.
- Hands-on training.
- Quality standards and quality management systems.
- Packaging and preservation techniques.
- Marketing strategies
- Repeat sessions.