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Bharat ka Amrit Mahotsav

Jul 16, 2021 : CPCRI Kasaragod | Author:webadmin

Can Kerala overcome Covid-19 with coconut?

Quoting latest research papers on the beneficial role of coconut oil for enhancing immunity, Dr. V. Rajagopal, former Director, ICAR-CPCRI suggested to explore the possibility of developing a medium chain fatty acid based nasal spray from coconut oil for arresting the spread of Corona virus. The virgin coconut oil is found to lower the virus load by 60-90% in mild cases and has a key mechanism in upregulating the immune response. He was delivering a lecture on health and nutritional benefits of coconut on 16 July 2021 organized by ICAR-CPCRI as part of ‘Bharat ka Amrit Mahotsav’ (celebration on 75 years of India’s independence). Summarizing the international research data from India, China, Philippines, Sweden, Japan, US and UK, Dr. Rajagopal reiterated that coconut is the super food of the world.

Dr. A. K. Singh, DDG (Horticulture Science), ICAR inaugurated the commemorative lecture series. He highlighted various initiatives of the Government to improve the livelihood of farmers that include the Kisan Rail. He said that recommendation was made to run Kisan Rail trains from Kerala to Delhi to transport tender coconuts which are of high demand and sold at premium price in North India.

Dr. Anitha Karun, Director, ICAR-CPCRI in her welcome address mentioned that the Institute is planning to conduct 75 lectures for farmers in different languages and many seminars as part of Amrit Mahotsav. Dr. R. Sudha, Scientist CPCRI proposed vote of thanks. Over 60 scientists from India and abroad attended the online lecture.