Timely Recognition For Thejaswini
The SmartCEO|January - February 2018

Mini Mathew, Publicity Officer, Coconut Development Board, Kochi-11 a model FPO for their farm and home activities

Introduction

The first farmer producer company registered under CDB formulated with a group of coconut farmers of Kannur and Kasargod districts in Kerala titled Thejaswini Coconut Producer Company is rewarded with best Agri entrepreneurship award 2017, instituted by Ministry of skill Development and entrepreneurship under barefoot category. Shri Sunny George, chairman of the company and then Karshakasree award winner had received cash award of Rs 5 lakhs, certificate and trophy from Shri. Arun Jaitly Hon Finance Minister on 9th November 2017. The Company is situated under the lap of Western Ghats which is blessed with a group of hard working and dedicated coconut farmers who have adopted farming activities as a passion for generating remunerative and sustainable income from their own farm land. The area is bordered by serene, cool, verdant hill tracts of Western Ghats and the fertile sloppy lands across the valleys near to Karnataka forest and sea coast of Arabian Sea. The best entrepreneurship award to Thejawini coconut Producer Company, ought to be an inspiration to other 66 coconut producer companies registered under CDB across India ,which begins from well planned grass root level farm activities to high tech processing of farm produces at their own plant and strategically oriented business and marketing activities at national and international level. The Agribusiness complex of the company was inaugurated by Adv. V. S. Sunilkumar, Hon Agriculture Minister of Kerala at Peringom near CRPF camp Kannur on 6th Nov 2017 which is having 272 CPS and 17 CPF in Kannur and Kasargod districts. The Integrated Coconut complex of Thejaswini Coconut Producer Company Ltd is set up at Peringome Panchayath, 60 kms northeast of Kannur town opposite to Government PWD guest house and CRPF camp, Peringome with an investment of Rs.10 crores. At present, the company has collected equity shares worth of Rs. 164 lakhs from 347 allotted share holders and still issuing shares to individuals under CPS/ federations and CPSs as Institutional shareholder. Thejaswini Coconut Farmers Producer Company Ltd is implementing the central schemes of Government of India by adopting projects of CDB under Technology Mission on Coconut (TMOC), Schemes of NABARD, RKVY and SFAC and schemes of government of Kerala for promoting agri business activities of small and marginal farmers who are the shareholders of the company.

Thejaswini Company was registered under CDB in June 2013 with the intension to do group activities in coconut including production, procurement, processing and value addition for ensuring fair, reasonable and steady price for coconut and its value added products for improvising the standard of living of coconut farmers in Kannur and Kasaragod districts in Kerala.

It is a collective of nearly 30000 coconut farmers who are venturing to produce and market coconut and its various value added products. As a first phase, the company has established an unit for the production of copra, coconut oil, soap unit, organic manure unit and biogas plant. The coconut oil manufacturing unit (with a capacity to process 25,000 coconuts per day), automatic machine for dehusking 1200 coconut per hour, bio manure production unit, Coconut oil based soap unit having production capacity of 5000 soaps per day are under operational stage in the Agro Processing Complex of the company.

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