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Coconut is a viable crop for the production of many value added by-products. Virgin coconut oil, coconut honey, coconut sauce, coconut milk, coconut chips, neera, coconut syrup, coconut candy, coconut milk are some of the coconut based value added products.

P. Geetha, scientist, KVK Sandhiyur, explained the simple preparation techniques of these value added products and said that farmers could get adequate additional income from the coconut based entrepreneurship. By-products like coconut shell, handicrafts, coconut shell powder, coconut wood handicrafts, coir pith briquette, coir bricks could also be manufactured from coconuts.

The coconut related schemes implemented by both the Central and the State Governments, particularly the Coconut Development Board, were also highlighted.

Besides, coconut has other benefits like prevention of obesity, improve heart health, improves insulin secretion, slowdown blood sugar level and improves digestion and also has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti parasitic healing properties.

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