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Kerala: Women Scaling New Heights with Coconut Tree-Climbing Machine

Kerala: Women Scaling New Heights with Coconut Tree-Climbing Machine

Kozhikode, Dec 3 (Economic Times): Thirty-four-year-old Praseetha Dineshan from Kattipara panchayat in Kozhikode used to work as a postwoman delivering letters from 8 am to 5.30 pm. No longer.

After completing a training course of Coconut Development Board (CDB) for climbing coconut tree using a machine, she has now quit her temporary job and is happy to climb coconut trees to pluck coconuts.

"Yesterday I climbed 15 trees and today I did 20. More and more people are calling me to climb trees and I get Rs 15 per tree," she said.

She can complete her job by afternoon and can get paid even more. Praseetha is even thinking of buying a Scooty on loan as she often has to hire an auto-rickshaw to reach some of the places where she has to pluck coconuts. As yet another male bastion falls with more and more women shedding their inhibitions and coming forward to climb coconut trees, the climbing profession may soon become a family affair with the woman and her husband or brother taking up the job.

The tall coconut trees which once gave Kerala its name, and glory, had recently become its bane with a scarcity of climbers. Absence of climbers resulted in the neglect of coconut trees which even led to a decline in coconut productivity in the state. The physical strain involved in climbing had prevented women from climbing coconut trees.

But a climbing machine introduced by the Coconut Development Board (CDB) seems to have solved the problem. The board recently launched a "Friends of Coconut Tree" programme to train unemployed youth in the art of climbing coconut trees and caring for them. However, the programme has caught the attention of women in the state.

The first week of November saw the first batch of 20 women climbers aged between 20 and 35 complete a six-day training at the Peruvannamuzhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of the Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) in Kozhikode. Quite a number of women are now prepared to take up the activity as the strain involved is less with the use of machine.

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  • Tuan Razikeen, Sri Lanka/Los Angeles

    Mon, Sep 12 2016

    I like to buy a 2 sets of this equipment to be used in my coconut estate in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka.
    Pl let me know how to purchase

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  • Jussara, Brasil

    Fri, Jul 29 2016

    Please, I need to buy one for my personal house use. Contact-me please frendes.

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  • Rajesh pednekat, Mapusa Goa

    Mon, May 9 2016

    Please send me quote for above machine

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  • Pradeep, Pune

    Sat, Mar 26 2016

    I am interested in buying this machine. What is the price in Pune, Maharashtra?

    Thank you

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  • Imron, Indonesia

    Wed, Feb 24 2016


    I am interested in this machine . I need 5 pcs . Please explain , how to buy and how its delivery to Indonesia . Thanks.

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  • mahadev, Bangalore

    Wed, Dec 16 2015

    I like to purchases coconut tree climbing machine, could you send different model of machines and please send contact details and price also

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  • Chamith, Sri Lanka

    Sat, Sep 5 2015

    I'm interested about this product.And I'd like to buy five of this climbing machines. I can arrange of one of my indian friend to buy it. Pls send me proper contact details to proceed.

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  • Kuppusamy , Malaysia- perak

    Sun, May 10 2015

    The method to climbing Cocnut Tree is easy method,likes this can send me the title

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  • risson, malaysia

    Wed, Apr 29 2015

    hi... i willing to buy 10 set for try and more for business sale... can u give me a price for this machines? and send to malaysia fees?

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  • Marvin Ross, St. Kitts and Nevis West Indies

    Tue, Nov 25 2014

    I am seeking to purchase one of the coconut tree climbers. Could you email me the price and inform me as to how I can purchase this device. In need of device AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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  • Hiep Nguyen, USA

    Mon, Nov 17 2014

    I'd like to buy 10 machines.
    Please help.

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  • ramu, andra east godavari dist

    Sat, Nov 15 2014

    i am interst to trade cocnut tree climbers
    mobel:08983337778

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  • SANTHOSH, KOTTARAKARA

    Sat, Oct 11 2014

    Pls tell me the rate and branches where shall i get this item.

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  • subbarao, abu dhabi

    Sat, Aug 30 2014

    I need to buy one for my personal house use

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  • santosh kumar sahoo, Dhenkanal,Orissa

    Thu, Apr 9 2015

    Plz send me address of the coconut tree climbing machine provider with the price as soon as possible.

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  • Ramadas , Malappura, perintalmanna / Abu Dhabi

    Sat, Aug 30 2014

    I need to buy one for my personal house use

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  • P.Sarath C. weerasekara, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Mon, Jul 21 2014

    looks very good one. please help me to buy one.

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  • V.Senthilkumaran, Coimbatore

    Sat, Jul 19 2014

    Need quote to purchase, please send to my mail id

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  • Kumaresan.k, chennai

    Wed, Jul 30 2014

    i need one coconut tree climber device. price and contact details please

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  • Machiko Yamaguchi, Kauai, Hawaii

    Thu, Jul 10 2014

    I would like to purchase this device. Please let me know how we can purchase it from you. Thank you.

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  • Tejas mehta, nashik

    Sun, Jun 15 2014

    This is really helpful to coconut growers pls let me know address and other details how to get it thanks

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  • dharnidhar velhankar, pune maharastra

    Wed, Apr 9 2014

    how to take traing and buy this machine in pune if possible
    any edge limit for this?

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  • Sunil Salvador D`silva, Gass(Vanat),Post-Sopara,Tal-Vasai,Mumbai,Maharashtra,Pin-401 203.

    Sun, Jun 29 2014

    I am much much happy to read about the device to climb the coconut trees. Iam very much interested to have this device. As its mentioned-training holder is getting it free of charge,pls. tell me the charges if would like to have more devices. Pls give me the address,cont. no of concerned authority

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  • kiran rawool, Alibag, thane Maharashtra

    Sat, Mar 29 2014

    I would like to buy coconut tree climbing device, please send contact name and telephone number & cost .thank you

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  • Alejandro ornelas, United States

    Sat, Feb 22 2014

    I would like to buy one of the coconut climbers there's any way the you can send me the price and where or how I can buy one of those machines it's the best I ever see thank you I will hope I can get one

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  • kalaivanan, pondicherry

    Wed, Feb 5 2014

    I would like to buy coconut tree climbing device, please send contact name and telephone number.thank you

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  • sunil, Colombo

    Mon, Jan 27 2014

    Marvelous innovation
    I want to buy 3 machines
    Please quote IRs

    regds

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  • Deepak Dash, puri,Odisha

    Fri, Sep 27 2013

    It is good source for regular income also for cocanut farmers.I want to bring this machine to ODISHA. pls sugest me.

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  • H L Kushwaha, Bhopal

    Thu, Apr 11 2013

    I appreciate this innovation for solving the problem of coconut harvesting in labour crisis era, which requires courage and lot of efforts to climbing on coconut. This machine is fastest among the other commutative climbing system. The safety feature in other devices makes them recommendable but their capacity is low. To overcome this problem and help the coconut-growing farmers, the scientists of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) working at Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, ICAR, Bhopal in collaboration with Central Plantation Crop Research Institute, Kasargod have developed a safety attachment for Chemperi model type climbing device to provide safety to coconut tree climbers.

    The developed safety device ensures the safety of the climbers while climbing as well as harvesting the coconuts. The device consists of a small attachment to the climbing device, which positively locks the climbing machine to the coconut tree if the climber looses balance and slips. This is possible since the developed devise is attached to the full body harness worn by the climber. Likewise, another positive locking device has been provided to lock the machine to the tree trunk to enable the climber to climb up or down from the crown to the device for crown cleaning and other routine operations performed on the coconut tree including pollination, insecticide application and crown management etc. In case, the climber slips and began to fall, he/she would suspend in the body harness and can regain his/her position in a few seconds even without the assistance of any other person. The attachment provides full safety to the climber during climbing and harvesting operations. This devise reduces the height phobia largely prevalent among the climbers and virtually eliminates the risk of falling down from tall coconut trees.

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  • David Chin, Kingston Jamaica

    Wed, Feb 20 2013

    I would like to buy coconut tree climbing device, please send contact name and telephone number.thank you

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  • noor , chikmagalur

    Sat, Jan 5 2013

    i would like to buy this product pls send me the contact no and the price along with that thank you

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  • mohanraj, Kollam (dist)

    Sat, Oct 20 2012

    This is a very good news for the coconut growers ..
    I like to purchases same model coconut tree climbing machine, could you please send contact details and price also

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA

    Mon, Dec 5 2011

    Dear Lydia Lobo from Kadri, I agree with you on the safety aspect of the machine as the loose clothes might get entangled. Anyway good luck to all ladies coconut tree climbers in the new innovated machine. I would like to congratulate Praseetha Dineshan who quit her temporary job as postwoman and took to coconut plucking with the help of the new machine.

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  • Frederick Pinto, Shirva

    Sun, Dec 4 2011

    This is a interesting innovation to help the people at the bottom of the pyramid to earn a decent living by harnessing their potential. A man can climb upto 50/60 trees and make Rs. 1000 to 2000 per day. Most of the Kerala and coastal area of Karnataka people go to Gulf and work like a helper, utility workers etc..etc..to earn Rs. 6000 to 10000 per month but there is nobody to do it at home and earn atleast Rs. 500 to 1000 per day in our country. Hats off to Keralies for their innovation.

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  • Maria, Moodbidri

    Sun, Dec 4 2011

    Annie, Mangalore & Edward,
    we minorities really need to work hard and contribute as much as possible to the economy, and make india super power. even if ther is no justice for minorities and the time is not far for christians, needs to be hide for being christians.

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  • Cynthia, Moodbidri

    Sun, Dec 4 2011

    Hope now on wells will have afe water to drink, if there is any harrasment from hubby or inlaws jump off coconut tree.

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  • Roshan Sequeira, Managalore -Auh

    Sun, Dec 4 2011

    It would be good answer to coconut tree climbers in managlore, who are demanding 50bucks per tree now days .
    Make an investment buy a machine and pluck coconuts from neighbourhood and give fitting answer to these demanding tree climbers.

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  • Annie, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    What Mr.Edward wrote is very true. First we need to respect our own country and work for our country even if we earn very less. why work for some other countries.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    Training makes one perfect. If women body builders are there in the world...cant our women build their body to climb a coconut tree..!!??? Which is very important present situation...Women can do anything that men can do...gone are the days of male domination...courage is important and once you have courage..you can do anything...If women can birth to a child (I think which is more laborious and painful)...what is this coconut climbing..?

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    Mr.Prajwal..Your comment gives impression that you are a NEGATIVE minded man.Instead of praising the positive work,you were talking in crooked way.Wake up man.

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  • Candle, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    Good machine,and it is free also.Even ladies can also take advantage of it. May be we can modify this machine to climb arecanut and toddy tree. It is definitely useful in D.K

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  • prajwal, mlore

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    this kind of machine i have seen using 15 years back in coastal line of chitrapura , kulai. u can use these machines only for straight cocunut treen.for trees which are bend can not be used. other bend coconut trees who will climb Keral CM or wht.?

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  • Raja, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    I do not understand why there are dislikes to the most humanitarian comment of Mr.John Mangalore.What is wrong in asking for free life insurance coverage for the farmers.
    I think some people are insensitive.

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  • Wilan , Neerude/ Muscat

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    Thanks to Daijiworld for nice article. Kerala Govt helps the unemployed through this type of inventions. Can we expect such machine to climb Arecanut tree by the help of Agriculture Dept. of Karnataka ?

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  • EDWARD, MANGALORE

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    AS WE ALL ARE IN INDIA NOW EMBRACING NEW TECHNOLOGY, AS MAIN REASON FOR THIS IS, NO LABORS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PADDY CULTIVATION AS WELL AS TO PLUCK THE COCONUTS. AS WE KNOW MOST OF THE UNSKILLED LABORS MALES & FEMALES (FOR HOUSE-MAID) MIGRATE TO GCC BY PAYING 1.5 LAC RS TO AGENTS FOR RS6000 TO RS.7000 SALARY PER MONTH. LIVE THERE IN CONTAINERS WITHOUT PROPER ACS, NO MONTHLY PROPER SALARY AND STRUGGLE THERE. WHERE AS IN INDIA NOW PER DAY SALARY FOR UNSKILLED LABORS ARE RS.400 TO RS.500 (FOR 30 DAYS RS.12,000 TO 15,000) IF HUSBAND WIFE WORK THEN RS.24,000 TO RS.30,000) SO WHICH IS BETTER, WORKING IN INDIA OR STRUGGLING IN GCC FOR NOTHING. WAKE-UP FELLOWS, THINK TWICE-THRICE, WE HAVE PLENTY OF JOB IN IN OUR VILLAGE-CITY, SO USE THE OPPORTINUTY, THINK POSITIVE. JAI HO....

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    All the very best wishes to these young girls.

    I would advise them to wear more safer clothing as the Chunni end or the Kurta may get caught in the climbing device and can prove fatal.

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  • KGSHENOY, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    @ Vincy,Bangkok,

    Dear Vincy,

    Readers can feel your attitiude with your inappropriate comments.Instead of appreciating the new innovative idea which could benefit thousand of coconut growers,you prefered to write comments which could instigate people.If you think people enjoy such sarcasm filled comments, you are wrong.I have been reading comments from readers on various issues since long time.There are some more people who enjoy writing such comments. I sincerely request the readers to write comments such a way that everyone enjoy reading and comments be positive and useful to Mangalorean community.

    Two to Three decades before many of the groups did not exist. Probably these groups surfaced because of the illogical attitude of handful of people who always thought and acted differently.

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  • Annie, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    Its a great news! Keep it up dear sisters, and don't stop just their and be happy in scaling the new heights. enter every field.
    What reason to prevent Women from entering into any field. If opportunities are given without any prejudices and restrictions women can do wonders. Consider women as equals and not as subordinates. Hail women power!!!

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  • Bavesh, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    Look 24/7 tv cameras ... these are the news u need to capture... not personal fights ... there are many such constructive news which innocent society look for...

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  • Christopher Lobo, Kulshekar/ Bahrain

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    Congratulations and thanks. We can sip toddy directly from the tree top now. No need to go to the 'shendhi' shop.

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte /Riyadh

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    It is a boon to all the coconut growers.I hope karnataka govt.will supply enough number of climbing machine with proper training course for the needy people.I am very happy to see a woman climbing the coconut tree,were it was totally dominated by a male worker upto now to do this job.Thanks to coconut development board for the new invention in this field and also daiji for the nice coverage.

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  • Harsha malhotra, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    in our place..it's not needed..vanar sena is active...!!

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  • Fredrick Correa, Pernal/Mumbai

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    Congratulations to you Praseetha Dineshan. It takes a lot of courage to climb a coconut tree, especially if it is a tall tree, even with a climbing machine. This shows that women are on par with men when it comes to specialised jobs. A step forward in progressive India.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    Coconut tree climbers and toddy tappers should be covered under life insurance as it is highly risky job.
    Also farmers should be covered by life insurance against snake bite.

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  • U.M.SHETYY, BANGALORE

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    This is a very good news for the coconut growers .. Now a days coconut growers are facing lot of problems . So their problems are solved . This ladder looks safe also .. Nice coverage by Daiji

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    Talk of 'reaching heights ' in one's career1 Hmmm-this one is of a different kind!

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  • Harsha Malhotra, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Sat, Dec 3 2011

    what's the use of such type of machines in karnataka..our coconuts already plucked by 'vanar sene' in advance..!!

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