Coconut plucking is no more a male bastion. The first batch of women coconut pluckers have completed their six days training at the Peruvannamuzhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra of the Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) at Kozhikode, Kerala.
A group of twenty women aged between 20 and 35 years from Perambra in Kozhikode district has proved that a gender is not a barrier for them before the “heights” of coconut trees.
This is the first all women training programme on coconut climbing conducted in the entire state was the statement made by Dr.Anandaraj, Director, IISR.The content of the training covered introduction to coconut palm, climate, soil requirements and varieties, sessions on climbing on the machine main parts, working and trial, nutrient management, recycling of farm waste, inter-cropping, and mixed cropping, etc.
Physical exercise towards the beginning of each day’s training was another hallmark of the programme. The women trainees felt no physical exhaustion while using the machine.A physical test was also conducted-known as Coconut Olympics- in which the trainees were able to climb trees within 48 to 50 seconds.
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