World Coconut Day

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The Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) celebrates September 2nd as World Coconut Day. This year the aim is to encourage investments and promote the development of the coconut industry in the member countries of APCC. This day was established in the year 2009 to commemorate the formation day of APCC which functions under the aegis of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP).

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A varied range of products are obtained from the coconut plant. The coconut tree is often called the Kalpavriksha, the divine tree that fulfils wishes and is common to Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. The sweet coconut water and tender white flesh are a store house of nutrients and antioxidants. The milk and oil of coconut are used in cooking various unique and tasty dishes.Coconut sap, coir and copra are parts of the tree used to make coconut butter, coconut cream and doormats. The leaves of the trees are used to make roofs of thatched huts.

So, this day helps in drawing in more awareness towards coconut cultivation and market for its value added products.

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