World Coconut Day is annually observed across the globe by the coconut growing countries on 2nd September. The day aims to create awareness about the various uses of coconut and its health and commercial benefits.
The day also marks the foundation day of the International Coconut Community (ICC) (former Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC)). ICC is an Intergovernmental organization of coconut growing countries established under the aegis of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific(UNESCAP) in 1969.
- The 2nd September 2021 marks the observance of the 13th World Coconut Day.
The theme of World Coconut Day 2021 is “Building a Safe Inclusive Resilient and Sustainable Coconut Community Amid COVID-19 Pandemic & Beyond”.
i.The Asia Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) celebrated the first World Coconut Day on 2nd September 2009.
ii.The day is annually organised by the UNESCAP under the ICC.
World Coconut Day In India:
The celebration of World Coconut day in India is supported by the Coconut Development Board (CDB) across the coconut growing states such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, etc.
World Coconut Day 2021:
i.The World Coconut Day 2021 is included in the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ as a part of the Commemoration of 75 years of India’s Independence.
ii.The day is celebrated by the CDB, in association with the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) Division of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare(MoA&FW).
i.India is the 3rd largest producer of coconut in the world with 14.68 Million Metric Tons.
ii.Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of coconut which produces around 17.13 million metric tons followed by the Philippines with 14.77 Million Metric Tons.
About International Coconut Community (ICC):
Executive Director– Jelfina C. Alouw
Headquarters– Jakarta, Indonesia
Established in 1969
About Coconut Development Board (CDB):
CDB is under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India.
Chairman– Rajbir Singh Panwar
Headquarters – Kochi, Ernakulam, Kerala
Established on 12th January 1981