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Sulochna Wati Sees Value In Coconut Training Support

Farmer and social worker, Sulochna Wati Sharma of Vaqia, Ba plans to make yaqona cups, coconut candy, and coconut soap, amongst other coconut by-products. This is after 30 participants successfully completed a week long training at the 15th Coconut Wholenut Processing Training in Ba. Ms Sharma said everything in a coconut is used while learning about the varieties of coconuts during the training.
06 Apr 2022 13:00
Sulochna Wati Sees Value In Coconut Training Support
Ms Sulochna Wati Sharma of Vaqia, Ba receiving her certificate from PS Agriculture Vinesh Kumar.

Farmer and social worker, Sulochna Wati Sharma of Vaqia, Ba plans to make yaqona cups, coconut candy, and coconut soap, amongst
other coconut by-products.

This is after 30 participants successfully completed a week long training at the 15th Coconut Wholenut Processing Training in Ba.

Ms Sharma said everything in a coconut is used while learning about the varieties of coconuts during the training.

 

“We also learn how to make our product, how we sell it, how we market it,” she said.

“I learnt that I have to continue my projects to make it successful and sell it in the communities, in the tourism industry, and on the roadside as well.

Another participant, Loraini Bula, of Togalevu, Ba said she learnt a lot in the training especially knowing that there was more to just grating coconuts to make coconut milk.

 

“I’ve learned a lot, from the planting of coconut to the making of VCO (virgin coconut oil) and soap,” Ms Bula said.

“This also helps us to at least do something for ourselves and give something back to our families.

“Before we all knew only of grating the coconut and throwing away the shell.

 

But after this training, we will collect the shells and make use of them by making other products” she said.

Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary, Vinesh Kumar said the ministry is committed to rehabilitating the coconut industry support and constructively promoting the use of coconut for nutrition and health.

Mr Kumar urged the participants to establish a network on the coconut value chain that would enhance the output of their coconut farming business.

 

“I hope this training has prepared you well to explore avenues in the industry that will improve your livelihood and overall income as well as create employment opportunities,” he said.

The training will enable you to adopt approaches that will increase your production or value-added coconut commodities like virgin oil, VCO, coconut milk, sugar and handicrafts,” Mr Kumar said.

 

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