A meeting convened by ADM K.P. Ramadevi on Wednesday decided to initiate measures to procure copra and coconut as per the support price announced by the Central government from farmers in the district.

Milling copra will be procured by the agencies at Rs.5,100 a quintal while coconut will be procured at Rs.1,400.

‘In a week'

Ms. Ramadevi expressed confidence that the procurement could be started in a week. She said Kerafed would procure copra and coconut from farmers in Palakkad, Kannur, Malappuram, Kasaragod, Kozhikode, and Wayanad.

Besides the 87 coconut producing groups under the Coconut Development Board, as many as 40 cooperative societies selected by the Joint Registrar of the Cooperatives in the district will procure coconut this time.

Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies C.V. Nalini and Kerafed Regional Manager M. Hamza, among others, attended the meeting convened at the Kozhikode Collectorate.