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India brings 13,117 ha under coconut plantation between mid-2014 & ’18
Saturday, 02 June, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
India brought 13,117 hectare (ha) under new coconut plantation between mid-2014 and 2018, vis-a-vis 9,561 ha between 2010 and 2014. The productivity increased to 11,516 fruits per ha in 2017-18 vis-a-vis 10,122 in 2013-14.

In other words, over the last four years, the country has made unprecedented progress in coconut cultivation, and now it has become the leading country in both the production and the productivity of the fruit.

Owing to an increase in the production of coconut, India has been exporting coconut oil to Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka since April 2017. Till March 2017, India imported it. And, for the first time, the country has been exporting dry coconut in large quantities to the United States and European countries. In 2017-18, India exported coconut worth Rs 1,602.38 crore, while imports stood at Rs 259.70 crore.

In coconut-producing states, 62,403 hectares have been brought under scientific coconut farming methods as compared to 36,477 hectare in 2010-14. It is noteworthy that coconut cultivation has spread in new areas.

Between 2014 and 2018, 5,115 coconut production committees, 430 coconut growers’ federations and 67 coconut producing companies were constituted. In the period between 2010 and 2014, the corresponding numbers were 4,467, 305 and 15, respectively.

The income from the export of coconut products stands at Rs 6,448 crore between 2014 and 2018, as against Rs 3,975 crore between 2004 and 2014.

Under Friends of Coconut Tree, the skill development programme for the coconut sector, 33,228 unemployed youths have been trained as compared to 27,770 between 2004 and 2014.
 
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