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Nafed insists: Coconut farmers lose Rs 115 crore

Kozhikode: Coconut farmers within the state have misplaced Rs 115 crore because of NAFED measures. When the worth of inexperienced coconut and copra fell sharply, there was a necessity to start out procurement at a help worth. Green coconut procurement was began following the continual intervention of the state authorities. In January, the inventory was buying and selling at Rs 27 per kg within the normal market and Rs 32 per kg on the behest of Carefed. This went on for 2 months. Consequently, the worth of coconut additionally went up within the normal market. Nevertheless, the central government-sponsored NAFED schemes had been designed to finish the price of help to farmers. NAFED has dominated that entrepreneurs who produce and promote coconut oil won’t be allowed to stockpile copra or coconut. With this, the coconut procurement in Kerala was disrupted.

Coconut growers didn’t get the good thing about inexperienced coconut procurement through the months of March, April, which is the best manufacturing of coconuts within the state. Coconut costs rose to Rs. Regardless of fixed contact with NAFED representatives, together with the minister, he refused to vary his place.

The Central Authorities has provided permission by NAFED to obtain 50,000 tonnes of copra at Rs 105.90 per kg. Kerala ought to have obtained `529 crore for this. Not even 1 / 4 of the procurement came about. The farmer was dropping Rs 22.90 per kg for copra and Rs 6.50 per kg for inexperienced coconut. With out the assistance of the Central Authorities, Carefed has began procurement at Rs. 32 per kg at 45 new facilities from 7 onwards.

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