While inaugurating the Farmers’ Training Centre cum
Regional Office Building of Coconut Development Board in Patna, Union Minister
for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that the
Coconut Development Board’s (CDB) major schemes are focusing on coconut
production, productivity, processing for coconut products, value addition,
marketing, and export promotion in Bihar.
The Minister said that India is leading in the global
coconut production and productivity. He said that the annual coconut production
is 2395 crore from 20.82 lakh hectare and the productivity is 11505
Coconut contributes to about Rs.27900 crore to the
country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In the year 2016-17, coconut products
worth of Rs.2084 crore were exported.
More than one crore population depends on coconut
cultivation for their livelihood. The aim of the CDB is to assist the coconut
farmers in coconut production, processing, marketing and export of value-added
coconut products thereby to make India the global leader in coconut production,
productivity, processing, and export.
Shri Singh said that the country has witnessed an
increase in coconut export. During the period 2013 -15, coconut production was
42,104 million nuts whereas 44,405 million nuts were produced during the period
of 2015-17. The export value of coconut products has increased from Rs.3017.30
crore during 2011-14 to Rs. 4846.36 crore, which is 60.62% more, which is an
achievement. In the year 2016, we started exporting coconut oil to Malaysia,
Indonesia, and Sri Lanka, the countries from where we were importing earlier.
For the first time, desiccated coconut is being exported to the US and Europe in
large quantities from India.
The Minister said that the coconut cultivation can be
taken up even in homesteads in Bihar with proper management. Currently, 14,900
hectare is under coconut cultivation. As per the Board’s estimation, a nearly
50,000-hectare area in Bihar is suitable for coconut cultivation under
The farmers who train at the Farmers Training
Centre can consider coconut cultivation. In addition, an increase in coconut
production will lead to employment generation. More people will get employment
through the production of various coconut based products like coconut chips,
coconut milk, coconut sugar, coconut water, tender coconut water, coconut
honey, coconut jaggery, coconut milkshake, coconut snacks, virgin coconut oil,
coconut natural cream, more nee cookies and other products.
Shri Singh informed that CDB had sanctioned Rs.409.01
lakh for the implementation of coconut related schemes in Bihar for the year
2014 to 2017. To increase the area under coconut cultivation in Bihar, the
focus is on ‘Expansion of area under coconut’ scheme and financial assistance
is being provided under the scheme for the new plantations.
For the demonstration of the scientific coconut
cultivation, Rs. 46.25 lakh has been allocated for the scheme ‘Laying out of
Demonstration Plot’ for the period of 2017-18.