Port Blair, Sep 02: World coconut day is celebrated every year on 02nd September to emphasize the significance of coconut in the livelihood and economic security of the farmers across the globe. Each year, the day is celebrated on a particular theme, which is decided by the International Coconut Community, Jakarta. The theme identified for the year 2022 was Growing Coconut for a Better Future and Life. To mark this occasion, an awareness programme was conducted at the Government Senior Secondary School, Port Mout under the All India Coordinated Research Project on Palms project being implemented at ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair.
Dr.Ajit Arun Waman, Scientist-SS, ICAR-CIARI and organizer of the programme, gave a presentation on the topic in which he showcased the diversity of coconut available in the islands, various improved practices and varieties developed by ICAR-CIARI and other institutes in the country for enhancing the productivity of coconut.
He further elaborated on the island ecosystem and the role of the coconut in it. Various edible and non-edible value-added products prepared from nuts as well as other parts of the palm were shown to the participants. Students were encouraged to take interest in coconut-based entrepreneurship for supporting the island economy.
During the programme, twenty-seven science students with agriculture as the vocational subject of the school participated along with school teacher Mr.ShajanVerghese, Ms. Prasanna Kumari and Mr.Utpal Gain. Teachers appreciated the efforts of ICAR-CIARI in educating the island youth in enabling themselves in developing their own agro-based enterprises thereby promoting local produce as well as talent.
Earlier, a batch of the students was taken to the experimental fields of the institute, wherein they were practically demonstrated various field management activities. The programme was conducted under the guidance of Dr. E.B. Chakurkar, Director, ICAR-CIARI.