MAKING ICE CREAM AND ELECTRICITY FROM COCONUTS
Thiruvambadi Marketing Society, Kozhikode, is proving why coconut is considered a wish-fulfilling tree: they have been able to produce and market innovative coconut-based products, both in India and abroad.
Society under the dynamic leadership of M.J.Zacharias Manimalatharappil
has been able to produce ice cream, coconut honey, biogas, electricity,
activated carbon, shell oil and a host of other products from coconuts.
Society started its venture in 1996 by installing a drier to convert 20000
coconuts into copra per day. The
problem of disposing coconut water led to the setting up of a biogas
plant. The electricity from
the plant is used to run 2 nos. of 1.5 hp motors for 8 hours for drying
coconuts. The nitrogen-rich
water from the plant is used by farmers for irrigation.
the Society hit upon the idea of producing coconut honey, which is made by
reducing the water content of coconut water to 10%.
The Society received order from European Union for this item.
burning the shell, they produce activated carbon, which has application in
controlling pollution. Enquiry
for this item has come from Germany. Shell oil, which is a byproduct obtained while burning the
shell, has demand as paint for submarines and as a pesticide.
Society is trying to promote ice cream made from tender coconut.
The experiments have shown that tasty coconut ice cream can be made
at 30% cost of regular ice creams.
new venture of the Society is coconut gel, which is got by fermenting
coconut water. The water
after fermenting can be converted into vinegar. For the last 2 years they have been marketing their own
branded coconut oil.
farmers and scientists from Maharashtra and Gujarat come to study the
products of the Society.
Courtesy: K.F.George (text), Leen Thobias (photo), Malayala Manorama, January 13, 2002
Contributed by: Administrator
"God builds the nest of the blind bird."