April 21, 2024

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CPCRI launches portable coconut sap chiller

The Kasaragod-primarily based Central Plantation Crops Analysis Institute (CPCRI) has released a portable coconut sap chiller for the collection of hygienic and unfermented sap (‘Kalparasa’) from the coconut spadix.

KB Hebbar, Head of Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Put up-Harvest Technology of CPCRI, advised BusinessLine that however the institute had before formulated a coconut sap chiller, production of it was a time-consuming approach as it had to be assembled manually. With the raise in demand from customers from the coconut-growing States for the chiller, the timely supply of the unit was a bit hard.

He explained now the institute, with the economical help from the Kochi-primarily based Coconut Advancement Board (CDB), has made and fabricated moulds necessary for the big-scale generation of coconut sap chiller. The moulds have previously been commissioned for the industrial generation of the coconut sap chiller.

The new portable coconut sap chiller is a double jacketed box made of HDPE (Higher Density Polyethylene), insulated by polyurethane foam in involving the jackets. The unit has provision for placing ice, a ‘Kalparasa’ collection container, a spadix holder, prime lid, a funnel and provision to join the box on the tree prime. It has a collection capability of three litres of ‘Kalparasa’.

The coconut sap chiller is lighter in pounds, h2o evidence, straightforward to join to the spadix, involves much less ice, and retains small temperature for a for a longer period period as compared to commercially accessible ice packing containers, he explained.

Energy effectiveness

On the performance evaluation carried out on coconut sap chiller at CPCRI and other places, he explained the new HDPE chiller is hugely electricity effective and the ice cubes previous nearly 24 hours as towards ten-12 hours of the existing packing containers. It is hugely charge helpful, as the generation is done in factories utilizing the moulds. The generation charge has now arrive down to all around ₹850 for every piece. This excludes packing, transportation and GST. The previous model was costing a lot more than ₹2000 for every piece, he explained.

However there was a setback on coconut sap tapping owing to Covid, nevertheless nearly 3,000 items of the chillers ended up obtained by Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and West Bengal in the previous number of months, he explained.

Several farmers and coconut producer businesses have expressed their interest to procure the chiller not only for tapping coconut but also for palmyra and day palm.

Intended and formulated by Hebbar and AC Mathew, Principal Scientist at CPCRI, the institute has provided licence to the Mangaluru-primarily based Kalyaniram Polyplast Pvt Ltd to manufacture, pack and supply the requisite figures of chillers to finish people on behalf of CPCRI for people who sign technologies transfer with the institute.

He explained the sap gathered by coco-sap chilller at small temperature is totally various from the ‘neera’ gathered by traditional strategy with or without having preservatives, and consequently it was named as ‘Kalparasa’. He explained that ‘Kalparasa’ has been granted trade mark by Intellectual Property India. Sap gathered utilizing the coco-sap chiller is golden brown in color, tasty and free from contaminants such as bugs, ants, and pollen and dust particles. It contained many wellness marketing substances like polyphenols, antioxidants, natural vitamins, amino acids and minerals, he extra.