Stone Laid for CDB Regional Office, Farmers’ Training Centre

Patna: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the Farmers’ Training Centre and Regional Office building of Coconut Development Board  (CDB) at Bihar Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institute here the other day. The Minister in his inaugural address said that the Central Government was bound to promote coconut cultivation and related activities in Bihar. He said that since 2014 a total amount of Rs. 409.06 lakh has been sanctioned for implementing coconut cultivation projects in Bihar. The Regional Office of the CDB was shifted to Guwahati in Assam from Patna on the basis of the recommendations of a committee constituted under the chairmanship of ICAR in 2009. A Central team was constituted by the Modi Government for focussing on coconut productivity in Bihar. This team has recommended opening of a new and fourth Regional Office of the Board in Patna in place of the State Centre, the Minister said.

The Minister further said that India is the global leader in production and productivity of coconut. Coconut is cultivated in 16 states and three Union Territories in an extent of 2.14 million ha. The crop sustains more than one crore farmer families of the country through cultivation, processing, marketing and trade-related activities. In Bihar, coconut is grown in 14,900 hectares, producing 141.38 million nuts, he said.

The Minister said that CDB aims to equip the coconut farmers for production, processing, marketing and export of coconut and its value-added products thus making India the world leader in production, productivity, processing for value addition and export of coconut.

Dr. Sanjeev Chaurasia and Asha Sinha, both MLAs, spoke on the occasion. Dr. A K Singh, Chairman Coconut Development Board, delivered the welcome address and Saradindu Das, Chief Coconut Development Officer, proposed a vote of thanks.

About 300 coconut farmers, entrepreneurs and officials from all over Bihar participated in the programme.