Staff Reporter

Achuthanandan to inaugurate Rs. 37-lakh project

KOZHIKODE: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan will launch `Coconectar' in the city at a function at the Agricultural Wholesale Market (AWM), Vengeri, here on Saturday.

`Coconectar,' processed and chilled tender coconut water, will be marketed by the AWM under the Agriculture Department with the assistance of the Kudumbasree and the Coconut Development Board.

Minister for Agriculture Mullakkara Ratnakaran will preside over the function. Mr. Achuthanandan will launch the product by handing over a tender coconut to A. Pradeep Kumar, MLA.

District panchayat president K.P. Kunahammedkutty will inaugurate a seminar on coconut. The project, set up at a cost of Rs.37 lakh, envisages marketing the product as a brand. A marketing chain will also be established to ensure availability of `Coconectar.' The project aims at exploring marketing opportunities and ensuring fair price to farmers, Mr. Pradeep Kumar said. `Coconectar' is priced at Rs.12. The project aims at forming 60 farmer clusters with an average of 25 members in each cluster.