Kudumbashree through its initiate of microenterprises, Collectives and Joint Liability Groups of agriculture has supported numerous enterprises. In order to further facilitate these enterprises and to venture into new domain, value addition units in coconut and banana the following new initiatives is proposed in this project. Coconut being one of the major crops of Kerala provides for a staple supply for value addition in all the seasons. The renewed interest and confidence in the usage of coconut oil in food industry and household level has further increased the demand for the coconut oil in the state, in order to tap into this markets Kudumbashree is planning to establish coconut oil processing units at the village or block level and common facility centers at sub district or district level. Also banana being one of the most important cash crops of the state widely prevalent in all districts and consistently in demand irrespective of seasons, banana value addition units would also be set up as part of this venture.
In order to add value to the primary product and build a common packaging and branding element, common facility centres, focussing on industrial packing, standardisation and homogenisation will be established at the district and sub district level on both of these crops. Value addition units would be set up in 50 units in coconut, 35 units in banana and 5 CFCs each in both. Banana units would in 6 districts and coconut in 10 districts.