A group of coconut farmers headed by Er. Kedovisie Bizo, president All Nagaland Coconut Growers Association (ANCGA) and Nihoto Muru, joint secretary visited the traditional coconut farms at Kerala and Tamilnadu from April 26 to May 10.
The exposure trip was organized by ANCGA and Coconut Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture, government of India, Guwahati, Assam and sponsored by department of Horticulture, government of Nagaland.
The exposure trip started with its first visit at Central Plantation and Crop Research Institute (CPCRI), Coconut Research Institute of India, Kayamgulam, Kerala where farmers were briefed with management of coconut gardens, selection of mother palms, seed nut collection, nursery raising and management and selection of quality seedlings and later with field visit at CPCRI campus on April 30.
The team proceeded to Kochi on May 2 and visited Central Coir Research Institute and Coconut Handicrafts Center at Allappuzha, Kerala followed by a visit to the coconut development board demonstration farm at Neriagulam and Coconut Technology Development Center at Alwaye on May 3 where they were briefed about developmental schemes run by the coconut development board for the benefit of coconut farmers in coconut technology centre, various methods of coconut processing and quality test analysis methods were demonstrated.
The team then proceeded to Polachi on May 4 and visited Tamilnadu Agriculture University, Coconut research station at Aliyarnagar, Shakti Coconut Products, Polachi, Tamilnadu where various coconut products were manufactured.
They visited various coconut coir industries and layout of demonstration farms at Anulappampatti, Polachi where cluster of 25 farmers over a stretch of 25 hectares of coconut plantation have benefited from CDB schemes.
The Nagaland coconut growers discovered that in one hectare of plot, having 175 coconut and 600 banana suckers as intercrop receive `3 lakh as return per year that is about `1.75 lakh from coconut and `1.25 lakh from banana. Whereas in Nagaland it is not easy to get even Rs 1 lakh from one hectare coconut garden, said Er. Kedovisie Bizo, president ANCGA in a press statement.
The farmers further met with T.A. Khrishnaswami Gounder, president United Coconut Growers Association of South India who took the team for a field visit at his coconut farm and encouraged them to work with sincerity, dedication and honesty.
On May 6, the concluding day, of the tour the team visited Jain Irrigation Industries and its technology development farms and interacted with vice president Kothari.