The Kasaragod-based Central Plantation Crops Study Institute (CPCRI) has released a transportable coconut sap chiller for the selection of hygienic and unfermented sap (‘Kalparasa’) from the coconut spadix.
KB Hebbar, Head of Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Article-Harvest Know-how of CPCRI, advised BusinessLine that although the institute had before developed a coconut sap chiller, production of it was a time-consuming course of action as it had to be assembled manually. With the improve in demand from the coconut-rising States for the chiller, the well timed provide of the unit was a little bit challenging.
He mentioned now the institute, with the money support from the Kochi-based Coconut Development Board (CDB), has created and fabricated moulds needed for the significant-scale generation of coconut sap chiller. The moulds have currently been commissioned for the industrial generation of the coconut sap chiller.
The new transportable coconut sap chiller is a double jacketed box created of HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), insulated by polyurethane foam in among the jackets. The unit has provision for putting ice, a ‘Kalparasa’ selection container, a spadix holder, best lid, a funnel and provision to hook up the box on the tree best. It has a selection capacity of 3 litres of ‘Kalparasa’.
The coconut sap chiller is lighter in body weight, h2o proof, simple to hook up to the spadix, calls for significantly less ice, and retains small temperature for a more time interval as in contrast to commercially offered ice bins, he mentioned.
On the efficiency analysis carried out on coconut sap chiller at CPCRI and other spots, he mentioned the new HDPE chiller is remarkably vitality productive and the ice cubes very last almost 24 hrs as against ten-twelve hrs of the present bins. It is remarkably price tag efficient, as the generation is done in factories making use of the moulds. The generation price tag has now arrive down to all-around ₹850 for each piece. This excludes packing, transportation and GST. The preceding product was costing extra than ₹2000 for each piece, he mentioned.
Nevertheless there was a setback on coconut sap tapping owing to Covid, nonetheless almost 3,000 pieces of the chillers were being bought by Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and West Bengal in the very last several months, he mentioned.
A lot of farmers and coconut producer businesses have expressed their curiosity to procure the chiller not only for tapping coconut but also for palmyra and day palm.
Created and developed by Hebbar and AC Mathew, Principal Scientist at CPCRI, the institute has presented licence to the Mangaluru-based Kalyaniram Polyplast Pvt Ltd to manufacture, pack and provide the requisite quantities of chillers to end end users on behalf of CPCRI for all those who signal technological innovation transfer with the institute.
He mentioned the sap collected by coco-sap chilller at small temperature is fully diverse from the ‘neera’ collected by standard process with or devoid of preservatives, and consequently it was named as ‘Kalparasa’. He mentioned that ‘Kalparasa’ has been granted trade mark by Mental Residence India. Sap collected making use of the coco-sap chiller is golden brown in color, delicious and cost-free from contaminants these types of as insects, ants, and pollen and dust particles. It contained several well being promoting substances like polyphenols, antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids and minerals, he added.