Kochi, Sep 1 : Coconut Development Board will celebrate 21st World Coconut Day under the theme 'Coconut for Family Wellness' on September 2 at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in Odisha.
Around 500 farmers and entrepreneurs will participate in the day long event.
The focus of the programme will be a technical session handled by subject matter specialists for creating awareness on the benefits of the coconut and also for equipping the farmers with the latest and up to date scientific practices in its management, processing, value addition and export.
An exhibition showcasing various innovative value added products of coconut and latest technologies in coconut sector is also scheduled at the premises of Campus 7 of KIIT university. Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India will be the Chief Guest and Dr Arun Kumar Sahoo, Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment, Government of Odisha will preside over the programme.
Ms Aparajita Sarangi, MP, Bhubaneswar, Susant Kumar Rout, MLA, North Bhubaneswar, Saurabh Garg, Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment, Government of Odisha, and Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary, Dept. of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of India will be the Guests of Honour.
Ms Usha Rani, Chairperson, Coconut Development Board will deliver the welcome address and Dr. Biswanath Rath, Vice Chairman, Coconut Development Board will propose a vote of thanks.
All coconut growing countries in the Asia and Pacific region observe September 2 as World Coconut Day every year. The foundation day of the International Coconut Community (ICC), an intergovernmental organisation established under the area of UNESCAP is observed as the World Coconut Day in the member countries.
The objective of observing coconut day is to create increased awareness and importance of coconut and help focus national and international attention to this crop.
In India, World Coconut Day is celebrated every year under the aegis of Coconut Development Board. India is leading in coconut production and productivity and occupies the third position in area under coconut among the major coconut producing countries of the world.
In India, coconut is grown in 20.97 lakh hectare and the annual coconut production and productivity of the country is 2379.823 crore nuts and 11,350 nuts per hectare, respectively.(UNI)