Surinder Sud’s column, “Cracking the coconut commerce puzzle” (July 14), is relevant for policymakers
and readers. He gives vital information that can make coconut commercially lucrative for coastal
Research bodies could look at the Gujarat
coastline for setting up coconut plantations. Coconuts
can offer new avenues for boosting income in littoral Gujarat
villages, where the main source of livelihood at present is fisheries. NGOs concerned with ecology, cooperative banks, new small finance banks can support coconut plantations and make them financially viable. There is already a successful income model of growing grass for paper pulp in and around Dediapada near Rajpipla in Gujarat.
also needs to be popularised. Training self-help groups, midday meal workers, Asha workers, NREGA workers and anganwadis
to make coconut products is sure to infuse the coastal
population with an entrepreneurial spirit.
N K Bakshi Ahmedabad
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