CPCRI launches portable coconut sap chiller

The Kasaragod-centered Central Plantation Crops Investigation Institute (CPCRI) has launched 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 Post-Harvest Technological know-how of CPCRI, told BusinessLine that nevertheless the institute experienced previously made a coconut sap chiller, producing of it was a time-consuming course of action as it experienced to be assembled manually. With the maximize in demand from the coconut-rising States for the chiller, the timely supply of the unit was a little bit hard.

He stated now the institute, with the economical aid from the Kochi-centered Coconut Progress Board (CDB), has made and fabricated moulds necessary for the substantial-scale manufacturing of coconut sap chiller. The moulds have by now been commissioned for the commercial manufacturing of the coconut sap chiller.

The new transportable coconut sap chiller is a double jacketed box designed of HDPE (Substantial Density Polyethylene), insulated by polyurethane foam in concerning the jackets. The unit has provision for placing ice, a ‘Kalparasa’ selection container, a spadix holder, top rated lid, a funnel and provision to link the box on the tree top rated. It has a selection ability of a few litres of ‘Kalparasa’.

The coconut sap chiller is lighter in bodyweight, drinking water evidence, straightforward to link to the spadix, requires much less ice, and retains low temperature for a longer interval as in contrast to commercially readily available ice bins, he stated.

Vitality efficiency

On the general performance analysis carried out on coconut sap chiller at CPCRI and other locations, he stated the new HDPE chiller is extremely energy effective and the ice cubes previous practically 24 hours as against ten-twelve hours of the existing bins. It is extremely price tag productive, as the manufacturing is performed in factories making use of the moulds. The manufacturing price tag has now arrive down to close to ₹850 for every piece. This excludes packing, transportation and GST. The previous model was costing a lot more than ₹2000 for every piece, he stated.

Even though there was a setback on coconut sap tapping owing to Covid, continue to practically three,000 parts of the chillers have been purchased by Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and West Bengal in the previous number of months, he stated.

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

Built and made by Hebbar and AC Mathew, Principal Scientist at CPCRI, the institute has supplied licence to the Mangaluru-centered Kalyaniram Polyplast Pvt Ltd to manufacture, pack and supply the requisite quantities of chillers to conclusion users on behalf of CPCRI for individuals who indicator technologies transfer with the institute.

He stated the sap collected by coco-sap chilller at low temperature is solely distinct from the ‘neera’ collected by traditional method with or devoid of preservatives, and consequently it was named as ‘Kalparasa’. He stated that ‘Kalparasa’ has been granted trade mark by Intellectual House India. Sap collected making use of the coco-sap chiller is golden brown in colour, delectable and absolutely free from contaminants these as insects, ants, and pollen and dust particles. It contained several health and fitness promoting substances like polyphenols, anti-oxidants, nutritional vitamins, amino acids and minerals, he extra.