CPCRI launches portable coconut sap chiller

The Kasaragod-based Central Plantation Crops Investigation Institute (CPCRI) has introduced 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 Article-Harvest Technological know-how of CPCRI, instructed BusinessLine that while the institute experienced previously made a coconut sap chiller, production of it was a time-consuming method as it experienced to be assembled manually. With the improve in demand from the coconut-escalating States for the chiller, the timely source of the device was a little bit tricky.

He stated now the institute, with the money guidance from the Kochi-based Coconut Advancement Board (CDB), has created and fabricated moulds expected for the big-scale creation of coconut sap chiller. The moulds have already been commissioned for the commercial creation 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 concerning the jackets. The device has provision for putting ice, a ‘Kalparasa’ collection container, a spadix holder, leading lid, a funnel and provision to join the box on the tree leading. It has a collection potential of a few litres of ‘Kalparasa’.

The coconut sap chiller is lighter in excess weight, h2o proof, simple to join to the spadix, demands fewer ice, and retains lower temperature for a longer period of time as when compared to commercially obtainable ice boxes, he stated.

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On the performance analysis carried out on coconut sap chiller at CPCRI and other locations, he stated the new HDPE chiller is really strength productive and the ice cubes previous just about 24 hours as from 10-12 hours of the present boxes. It is really expense helpful, as the creation is done in factories applying the moulds. The creation expense has now come down to all around ₹850 for each piece. This excludes packing, transport and GST. The past design was costing additional than ₹2000 for each piece, he stated.

While there was a setback on coconut sap tapping owing to Covid, nonetheless just about 3,000 pieces of the chillers have been procured by Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and West Bengal in the previous couple months, he stated.

A lot of farmers and coconut producer providers have expressed their desire to procure the chiller not only for tapping coconut but also for palmyra and date palm.

Designed and made by Hebbar and AC Mathew, Principal Scientist at CPCRI, the institute has offered licence to the Mangaluru-based Kalyaniram Polyplast Pvt Ltd to manufacture, pack and source the requisite quantities of chillers to conclude users on behalf of CPCRI for those people who sign know-how transfer with the institute.

He stated the sap collected by coco-sap chilller at lower temperature is fully distinctive from the ‘neera’ collected by common method with or devoid of preservatives, and consequently it was named as ‘Kalparasa’. He stated that ‘Kalparasa’ has been granted trade mark by Mental Assets India. Sap collected applying the coco-sap chiller is golden brown in color, delightful and free from contaminants these as insects, ants, and pollen and dust particles. It contained several wellbeing advertising and marketing substances like polyphenols, anti-oxidants, natural vitamins, amino acids and minerals, he additional.