CPCRI launches portable coconut sap chiller

The Kasaragod-dependent Central Plantation Crops Investigation Institute (CPCRI) has released a transportable coconut sap chiller for the collection of hygienic and unfermented sap (‘Kalparasa’) from the coconut spadix.

KB Hebbar, Head of Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Submit-Harvest Technological know-how of CPCRI, advised BusinessLine that though the institute had before designed a coconut sap chiller, producing of it was a time-consuming procedure as it had to be assembled manually. With the increase in need from the coconut-expanding States for the chiller, the well timed source of the unit was a little bit complicated.

He explained now the institute, with the financial guidance from the Kochi-dependent Coconut Growth Board (CDB), has built and fabricated moulds necessary for the substantial-scale creation of coconut sap chiller. The moulds have by now been commissioned for the commercial creation of the coconut sap chiller.

The new transportable coconut sap chiller is a double jacketed box built of HDPE (Significant Density Polyethylene), insulated by polyurethane foam in involving the jackets. The unit has provision for placing ice, a ‘Kalparasa’ collection container, a spadix holder, leading lid, a funnel and provision to connect the box on the tree leading. It has a collection capacity of a few litres of ‘Kalparasa’.

The coconut sap chiller is lighter in body weight, h2o evidence, straightforward to connect to the spadix, necessitates significantly less ice, and retains reduced temperature for a more time period as as opposed to commercially out there ice containers, he explained.

Electrical power effectiveness

On the general performance evaluation carried out on coconut sap chiller at CPCRI and other destinations, he explained the new HDPE chiller is really vitality successful and the ice cubes final nearly 24 several hours as against ten-twelve several hours of the present containers. It is really price tag productive, as the creation is accomplished in factories employing the moulds. The creation price tag has now appear down to all around ₹850 for every piece. This excludes packing, transport and GST. The prior design was costing much more than ₹2000 for every piece, he explained.

Nevertheless there was a setback on coconut sap tapping owing to Covid, still nearly three,000 pieces of the chillers ended up procured by Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and West Bengal in the final few months, he explained.

Many farmers and coconut producer providers have expressed their desire to procure the chiller not only for tapping coconut but also for palmyra and day palm.

Created and designed by Hebbar and AC Mathew, Principal Scientist at CPCRI, the institute has provided licence to the Mangaluru-dependent Kalyaniram Polyplast Pvt Ltd to manufacture, pack and source the requisite numbers of chillers to conclude buyers on behalf of CPCRI for people who indicator technological innovation transfer with the institute.

He explained the sap collected by coco-sap chilller at reduced temperature is entirely distinctive from the ‘neera’ collected by traditional approach with or devoid of preservatives, and hence it was named as ‘Kalparasa’. He explained that ‘Kalparasa’ has been granted trade mark by Intellectual Home India. Sap collected employing the coco-sap chiller is golden brown in colour, delightful and cost-free from contaminants these types of as bugs, ants, and pollen and dust particles. It contained many health and fitness advertising and marketing substances like polyphenols, antioxidants, natural vitamins, amino acids and minerals, he extra.