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April 26, 2021

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SIJOY: DEVELOPING MACHINE TO PEEL TENDER COCONUTS
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Sijoy, Kochoos Industries, Thrissur

Sijoy, a product of Nettur Technical Training Foundation with a few years of industrial experience, returned to Kerala from Gulf in 2005 with the intention to start a business of his own.  In his neighbourhood, he noticed many coconut vendors, struggling with manual labour to remove husk from the nut.  The innovator in him wanted a solution to this.

10 years of research later, he has developed a coconut peeling machine that can dehusk a coconut in 40 seconds.  Besides saving in time, the machine ensures attractive presentation, a winning proposition in these times.

After the machine removes the husk, the product is given a stable flat bottom and top for easy transportation and storage.  End users have to use a sharp knife to cut open the top.

He is modifying his machine, for which he got a patent in 2017, to commercial scale.  His Kochoos Industries is one of the three top start up agri-preneurship firms selected by the Kerala Agricultural University recently.  It also won a Rs. 25 lakhs grant from the Central Government.


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