Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare celebrates World Coconut Day

Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare celebrated World Coconut Day on Thursday to commemorate the foundation day of the International Coconut Community, an inter-governmental organization of coconut producing countries under the aegis of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, UN-ESCAP. Speaking on this occasion, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, India has made great progress in the field of coconut and it is at the fore in production and productivity and ranks third in the world. He said, the production of coconut in the country stood at 21 thousand 207 million nuts during 2020-21, which is 34 per cent of the global production.

The Minister said, the productivity is nine thousand 687 nuts per hectare, which is the highest in the world. He said, new coconut products and industries are growing, due to which farmers are getting employment.

The theme for the 23rd World Coconut Day celebrations this year is Building a safe, inclusive resilient and sustainable coconut community amid COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Coconut Development Board celebrates Coconut Day every year to create increased awareness on the importance of coconut and focus national and international attention on coconut sector.

Ministers of State for Agriculture Shobha Karandlaje and Kailash Choudhary and Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal also addressed the function.

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