Government of India, along with Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare has decided to amend Coconut Development Board Act, 1979 in its bid to increase the mobility of resources and better employment opportunities paving the way for overall welfare.

Under the proposed amendment, the major notedown is making the Chairman’s Post a non executive one, giving new thrust to production and Productivity in the sector. It will be beneficial to the coconut growers at large.

Coconut Development Board Act

The Agriculture Minister stated that they will make amendments in the Coconut Development Board Act and the post of the chairman will be non-executive and there would be a CEO for executive powers. Those who have field experience will be appointed as non-executive chairman of the board, he said.

The Centre will nominate six members in the board from the current practice of four members from four states. He said two more members from Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat will be appointed to the board. The board can undertake activities outside the country also.

Briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting, Agriculture Minister said: “We are going to make amendments in the Coconut Development Board Act.”

Those who have field experience will be appointed as non-executive chairman of the board, he said.

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