34% rise in export of coconut products

Record export of Rs.600 crore targeted for 2010-11

The export of coconut products has grown by 34.19 per cent in value, to touch Rs.442.56 crore in 2009-10 as against Rs.329.80 crore in 2008-09. There has also been an increase of 30.65 per cent in volume, to garner 1,16,554.96 tonnes of exports as against 86,857.54 tonnes in the previous year.

The export crossed Rs.125 crore until June 30 of the current financial year. A record export of Rs.600 crore is targeted for 2010-11, according to C.V. Ananda Bose, Chairman, Coconut Development Board.

Products such as coconuts, coconut oil, virgin coconut oil, copra, desiccated coconut and shell-based activated carbon are exported to over 80 countries. The countries to which the products are exported include Bangladesh, Pakistan, Singapore, Uganda, the U.K., Malaysia, Singapore, the UAE, Lebanon, Oman, Australia, the Netherlands, Russia, the U.S., Singapore, South Africa, Germany, South Africa, Vietnam, Nigeria, Canada, Kuwait, New Zealand and Fiji. The Coconut Development Board was notified as an ‘Export Promotion Council' by the Ministry of Commerce last year for all coconut products other than those made from coconut husk and fibre. Over 240 exporters have been issued registration-cum-membership certificate. The board has secured reliefs and concessions for boosting exports of coconut products under various schemes. Quantitative exemption for export of coconut oil has been removed, and conditional export of branded coconut oil permitted through 13 ports.

Focus areas

The board has identified Russia, Germany, America and West Asia as focus areas for promotion of virgin coconut oil, coconut oil, activated carbon, coconuts, tender coconut water and handicrafts. The board is planning to undertake export promotion activities in overseas markets by sending trade delegations to potential markets, organising participation in important trade fairs and exhibitions, so as to penetrate into new potential markets and to consolidate in the existing export markets.

With an eye on the export market, the board has developed different value-added products in association with leading research institutions in the country. The board is exploring the possibility of exporting particleboards made from the softwood waste of coconut trees and coconut oil based herbal formulations.

A full-fledged Quality Testing Laboratory (QTL) is operating at Vazhakulam in Ernakulam district for chemical and microbial analysis of coconut-based products. The QTL is expected to get accreditation from NABL soon.

A tourism package, Kerapath, to explore the socio-cultural traits of coconut has been launched. It provides a learning experience for tourists in peculiar local, social and cultural traditions. Community ownership and management will be the central theme of the project. Export of coconut and coconut products had crossed Rs.125 crore until June 30 of this financial year. This is expected to grow to Rs.600 crore by the turn of the financial year.

  • Board to undertake export promotion activities
  • Kerapath to explore socio-cultural traits of coconut

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