The Coconut & Coir Industry in India

The coconut is a very useful plant with a wide range of products being sourced from it. Coconut products are used to make everything from clothing to animal feed to beauty creams. Its kernel is harvested for its edible flesh and delicious water, while its husk is used for its strong fibers. Most important, however, are its oils, which are extracted, processed, and marketed for culinary, medicinal, and cosmetic uses alike. Typically, the flesh is first dried down to 6% moisture to make copra.

India has emerged a leader in coconut production and productivity, thanks to scientific farming initiatives which helped expand areas. India is the third largest coconut producer in the world. In 2016, the country was responsible for the production of over 119 million tonnes. Coconut production is very important to the agricultural industry in India and the economy as a whole, especially in rural areas of the country.

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