Coconut price crash sparks row in Kerala Assembly

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Thiruvanananthapuram | Published: July 24, 2015 12:10:52 AM

Kerala Assembly on Wednesday saw the CPI (M)-led opposition staging a walkout over the adjournment motion on the huge price crisis faced by coconut farmers.

Kerala Assembly on Wednesday saw the CPI (M)-led opposition staging a walkout over the adjournment motion on the huge price crisis faced by coconut farmers. While the Left Democratic Front (LDF) walked out in protest over disallowing the adjournment motion, the government maintained that it had already sought Centre’s intervention.

Replying to the notice for the motion, agriculture minister KP Mohanan said the government had already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention and reconsider the decision to import 2,000 tonne of coconut oil, which was said to be the reason for the fall in prices.

However, he said price fall had not seriously affected the state coconut farmers, as the government was able to check the price fall to a great extent with its coconut procurement policy at a price of R25 per kg.

According to Mohanan, the state government has plans to make value added products with the coconut procured through Krishi Bhavan.

Coconut price that fluctuated for the last few years has now touched R15 to R17 per kg. But, with a view to the helping farmers, the government procured the nuts at R25 per kg, he said.     fe Bureau

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