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Saturday, December 03, 2011 11:51:30 AM (IST)  

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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Comments on this article
Tuan Razikeen, Sri Lanka/Los Angeles
Monday, September 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

Jussara, Brasil
Friday, July 29, 2016

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

Rajesh pednekat, Mapusa Goa
Monday, May 09, 2016

Please send me quote for above machine

Pradeep, Pune
Saturday, March 26, 2016

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

Thank you

Imron, Indonesia
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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

mahadev, Bangalore
Wednesday, December 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

Chamith, Sri Lanka
Saturday, September 05, 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.

Kuppusamy , Malaysia- perak
Sunday, May 10, 2015

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

risson, malaysia
Wednesday, April 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?

Marvin Ross, St. Kitts and Nevis West Indies
Tuesday, November 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.

Hiep Nguyen, USA
Monday, November 17, 2014

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

ramu, andra east godavari dist
Saturday, November 15, 2014

i am interst to trade cocnut tree climbers

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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

subbarao, abu dhabi
Saturday, August 30, 2014

I need to buy one for my personal house use

santosh kumar sahoo, Dhenkanal,Orissa
Thursday, April 09, 2015

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

Ramadas , Malappura, perintalmanna / Abu Dhabi
Saturday, August 30, 2014

I need to buy one for my personal house use

P.Sarath C. weerasekara, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Monday, July 21, 2014

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

V.Senthilkumaran, Coimbatore
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Need quote to purchase, please send to my mail id

Kumaresan.k, chennai
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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

Machiko Yamaguchi, Kauai, Hawaii
Thursday, July 10, 2014

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

Tejas mehta, nashik
Sunday, June 15, 2014

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

dharnidhar velhankar, pune maharastra
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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

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

kiran rawool, Alibag, thane Maharashtra
Saturday, March 29, 2014

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

Alejandro ornelas, United States
Saturday, February 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

kalaivanan, pondicherry
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

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

sunil, Colombo
Monday, January 27, 2014

Marvelous innovation
I want to buy 3 machines
Please quote IRs


Deepak Dash, puri,Odisha
Friday, September 27, 2013

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

H L Kushwaha, Bhopal
Thursday, April 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.

David Chin, Kingston Jamaica
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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

noor , chikmagalur
Saturday, January 05, 2013

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

mohanraj, Kollam (dist)
Saturday, October 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

Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA
Monday, December 05, 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.

Frederick Pinto, Shirva
Sunday, December 04, 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 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.

Maria, Moodbidri
Sunday, December 04, 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.

Cynthia, Moodbidri
Sunday, December 04, 2011

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

Roshan Sequeira, Managalore -Auh
Sunday, December 04, 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.

Annie, Mangalore
Saturday, December 03, 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.

Charles D'Mello, Pangala
Saturday, December 03, 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 can do anything...If women can birth to a child (I think which is more laborious and painful)...what is this coconut climbing..?

Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah
Saturday, December 03, 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.

Candle, Mangalore
Saturday, December 03, 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

prajwal, mlore
Saturday, December 03, 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.?

Raja, Mangalore
Saturday, December 03, 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.

Wilan , Neerude/ Muscat
Saturday, December 03, 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 ?

Saturday, December 03, 2011


Lydia Lobo, Kadri
Saturday, December 03, 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.

KGSHENOY, Mangalore/Dubai
Saturday, December 03, 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.

Annie, Mangalore
Saturday, December 03, 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!!!

Bavesh, Mangalore
Saturday, December 03, 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...

Christopher Lobo, Kulshekar/ Bahrain
Saturday, December 03, 2011

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

Amin Bhoja, Patte /Riyadh
Saturday, December 03, 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.

Harsha malhotra, Mangalore/New Delhi
Saturday, December 03, 2011

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

Fredrick Correa, Pernal/Mumbai
Saturday, December 03, 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.

John, Mangalore
Saturday, December 03, 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.

Saturday, December 03, 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

R.Bhandarkar, M
Saturday, December 03, 2011

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

Harsha Malhotra, Mangalore/New Delhi
Saturday, December 03, 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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