A meeting convened by the District Collector here on Wednesday decided to start procuring copra through five more new cooperative societies in the district.

The new units are Koduvally Service Cooperative Bank, Kattangal Cooperative Bank, Malabar Agricultural Workers Welfare Cooperative Society, Kozhikode Rubber Marketing Society, and Vengeri Urban Cooperative Society. At present, 19 cooperative societies and 13 coconut farming clusters are procuring copra and coconut in the district.