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ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam convened Mentoring Workshop on Strengthening FPOs on 12 August 2022

Aug 12, 2022 : ICAR-CPCRI, RS, Kayamkulam

A Mentoring Workshop for Strengthening FPOs sponsored by NABARD was convened by ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam on 12-08-2022. Sri G. Gopakumaran Nair, Chief General Manager, NABARD inaugurated the workshop and he emphasised the role of NABARD delivering financial and technological support to all FPOs and moulding their sustainability to face up the brewing challenges. Sri G. Gopakumaran Nair, CGM, NABARD also launched the rotary pressed coconut oil branded as “Grow Me Green’” developed by Odanadu Farmer Producers Company, Pathiyoor. Sri. S. Premkumar, General Manager, Canara Bank and Convener, SLBC inaugurated the FPO exhibition and highlighted the role of banking institutions lending credit facilities for better functioning and sustained cash flow of the FPOs. The technical session was moderated by Dr. Jiju P. Alex, Member, Kerala State Planning Board and Dr. C. Thamban, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod and six expert speakers shared their experiences.

Inauguration of FPO workshop by Sri G. Gopakumaran Nair, CGM, NABARD


Mr. T.K. Premkumar, DDM (Alappuzha), NABARD

NABARD FPO experiences-Avenues leveraging marketing, credit and institutional support

Dr. Jiju P. Alex, Member, State Planning Board, Govt. of Kerala

Policies and development ecosystem of FPOs – An analysis and way forward - Kerala Scenario



Mrs. Simi Unnikrishnan, Assistant General Manager, APEDA, Kochi

APEDA’s role in marketing, export promotion & opportunities for FPO linkages

Mrs. Deepthi Nair, Deputy Director, Coconut Development Board, Kochi

Experiences and perspectives of FPO – A case study by CDB

Mr. Salin Thapasi, Assistant Director of Agriculture, SFAC, Govt. of Kerala

State sector schemes for FPOs and criteria for funding

Dr. C. Thamban, Principal Scientist (Agrl. Extension), ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod

FPOs in coconut sector- Lessons learnt and way forward


Inauguration of FPO exhibition and interaction with Agri Start-ups


In the afternoon session, a panel discussion was convened. Dr. C. Thamban, Principal Scientist, S. Jayasekhar, Senior Scientist, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod, P. Anithakumari, Head, ICAR-CPCRI, RS, Kayamkulam, A. Suresh, Asha Latha, Principal Scientists, ICAR-CIFT, Kochi, P. Muralidharan, Head, ICAR-KVK, Alappuzha and Sri. Reji Varghese, DDM (Kottayam), NABARD interacted with delegates and clarified their queries. During the panel discussion, Dr. A. Abdul Haris, Principal Scientist exposed two customized fertilizers (Kalpa Poshak and Kalpa Vardhini) developed by ICAR-CPCRI for the coconut farmers.

Dr. S.P. Jothi, Managing Director, Ayyampalayam Farmers Producers Company Ltd., Dindigul, Dr. Remany Gopalakrishnan, CEO, Onnatukkara Coconut Producers Company, Kattanam, Sri. Vijayan, CEO, Paddy Producers Company, Pudukkad and Sri. Jayakumaran, CEO, Edakkadu Farmers Producers Company shared their experiences and risk bearing abilities to sustain FPO.

Agri Start-ups represented by Sri. Jijo Paul, Resnova Technologies Pvt. Ltd, Kochi, and Sri. Devan Chandrasekhar, Fuselage Innovations, Kochi introduced their products/services viz., QR code imprinted seedling tagging, sensor for red palm weevil detection and drone application in farming, respectively which aroused good feedback



A view of exhibition stall and interaction with visitors


Earlier, Dr. Anitha Karun, Director, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod outlined the technology support extended by ICAR-CPCRI to FPOs and effective linkage shared. More than 12 exhibits were displayed by FPOs and Agri Start-ups. Best Exhibition stalls were awarded with a certificate of appreciation. More than 350 farmers representing about 75 FPOs all over the Kerala state and Tamil Nadu participated.

Dr. P. Anithakumari, Head, ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam welcomed the gathering and Dr A. Joseph Rajkumar, Principal Scientist proposed vote of thanks. The workshop concluded at 5.00 pm with National Anthem.