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India is the Third largest coconut producing country in the world. Copra and coconut oil are the two major
products of the coconut processing industry. Nearly 60% of the total production of nuts is utilized for food
uses and the rest goes in for oil extraction. In spite of the fact that our country has the necessary raw material to launch new product lines, minimal progress has taken place in the application of modern technology for full utilization of various coconut products such as desiccated coconut, coconut cream powder, partially defatted coconut gratings, bottled coconut water, etc., Desiccated coconut is widely used in the preparation of sweets, confectionery, curry preparation etc.
At present about 4000 tonnes of desiccated coconut powder is produced annually. The main concentration of units producing desiccated coconut are in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa and Maharashtra. Desiccated coconut is not only a value added product but it being a labour intensive industry will also generate a large number of employment opportunities.
Being a mass consumption item, desiccated coconut powder has a good market. At present about 4000 tonnes of desiccated coconut is manufactured annually and used mainly by confectionery and biscuit industry. Desiccated coconut may find good market in areas where coconuts are not produced particularly in Northern India. Now-a-days food habits of our people are changing very fast and a number of food items are being introduced every day where desiccated coconut may also find use. So there is a good scope for new small scale units to come up in this line of manufacture.
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