Recently, the Coconut Development Board (CDB) has launched ‘Hello Naariyal’ Friends of Coconut Trees (FoCT) call centre facility to help farmers with coconut harvesting and plant management operations.
About Coconut Development Board
- It is a statutory body established by the Government of India.
- It was established for the integrated development of coconut production and utilization in the country with focus on productivity increase and product diversification.
- The board came into existence on 12th January 1981.
- It functions under the administrative control of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India,
- It has regional Offices at Bangalore in Karnataka, Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Guwahati in Assam and Patna in Bihar.
- Headquarters: Kochi in Kerala
- Adopting measures for the development of the coconut industry, inter alia.
- Imparting technical advice to those engaged in coconut cultivation and industry.
- Providing financial and other assistance for the expansion of the area under coconut.
- Encouraging adoption of modern technologies for processing of coconut and its products.
- Adopting measures to get incentive prices for coconut and its products.
- Recommending measures for improving marketing of coconut and its products.
- Recommending measures for regulating imports and exports of coconut and its products.
- Fixing grades, specifications and standards for coconut and its products.
What is Hello Naariyal?
- It is a call centre in Kerala functions from the headquarters of the Board in Kochi.
- The initiative will benefit coconut growers and extend its services to traditional coconut-growing States of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka through the respective unit offices of the Board.
- The services will be available at block and grama panchayat levels in respective districts for carrying out activities related to coconut cultivation, including coconut tree climbing, plant protection, harvesting, seed nut procurement, and nursery management.
Q1) What are Statutory bodies?
These are organizations or institutions created by an act of legislation or statute passed by the government. These bodies derive their powers, functions, and responsibilities from the law that establishes them. They are set up to perform specific functions, regulate certain activities, or oversee various sectors within a country.