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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government will f ormulate a policy on agro processing and value addition based on the suggestions and ideas put f orth at VAIGA (Value Addition f or Income Generation) 2016, the 5day international workshop and exhibition on Agro processing and Value Addition, being organized by the agriculture department in the state capital

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f rom Thursday. Currently, the multinational companies enjoy a major prof it share in the value addition sector, which calls f or a government policy to benef it f armers by ensuring them a minimum price f or their produce, agriculture minister V S Sunilkumar told reporters here on Wednesday. "Besides, the government targets value addition in 20-40% of the total agricultural production in the state, which now remains at a low 10%," he added.

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This target, he said, could be achieved through agro-parks, which will be set up in all districts in a phased manner, and by luring young generation into agripreneurship. The f irst phase will see agro-parks being set up in Kozhikode f or coconut products, Thrissur (honey, banana and other f ruits), Ernakulam (rice) and Idukki (spices), the minister said. Meanwhile, the workshop, to be held at Kanakakkunnu Palace f rom December 1 to 5, will have its highlights in technical sessions where speakers of international and national repute will speak on successf ul models in agripreneurship, exhibitions that would provide opportunity f or interaction with technology providers and open f orums to come f ace to f ace with major business groups, banks and other credit institutions and commodity boards. Technical sessions will be held on value addition in coconut, rice, mushroom, honey, millets, natural f ibres, f ruits, vegetables, spices, tubers and medicinal plants, and the key speakers include Uron N Salum, the executive director of Asia pacif ic Coconut Community; Sasikumar Karanath, the head, Marico, Indonesia; Hemang Dhalakia, the manager, Product Development Centre, Singapore; Annas Ahamad f rom VICO Bagoes,

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Indonesia; Peyanoot, a coconut processing specialist f rom Thailand and scientists f rom various universities. A young entrepreneur meet will be held on December 3, while open f orums will be held at 6.30pm on all days. The workshop will be inaugurated by governor P Sathasivam at 10am on Thursday, while chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the concluding PDFmyURL converts any url to pdf!

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