Smt.Annie Eapen, Chemist - Ph: 9446585237
Coconut Development Board Institute of Technology (CIT) Keenpuram
South Vazhakulam, Aluva , Ernakulam. Pin-683 105
Phone: 0484-2679680 , Email: citaluva(at)gmail(dot)com

Services offered by CDB Institute of Technology (CIT)

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Technology Demonstration and Training Centre

India is endowed with excellent resources for promoting Coconut based industries especially in farm level processing. The potential in this sector has not been tapped to the fullest extent. Post harvest losses due to quality deterioration in storage, poor handling techniques and inefficient processing, lack of attention to quality and hygiene and poor packaging techniques are some of the factors hindering the development of coconut based industries.

To address these issues, the Board imparts training cum demonstration programs in coconut processing for self help groups, farmer groups, NGOs, coconut producer societies/Federations, cooperative societies and individual entrepreneurs for upgrading their entrepreneurship development skills for optimum utilization of resources, adopting efficient processing techniques, usage of cost effective packaging systems, application of food safety management systems and maintaining desired product quality standards. The broader objectives of the training program are to impart leadership qualities and provide marketing tips, familiarize the participants on quality control and quality management systems being followed in food processing industries.

The training programs are broadly classified into four types –

Nature of training Course Coverage Fee
One day training on value added coconut products Training course material, theory sessions and hands on training, lunch, tea & snacks Rs 250
Two day training cum process demonstration on coconut Vinegar from matured coconut water Training course material, theory sessions and process demonstration, lunch, tea & snacks Rs 1500
One day training on Minimally processed Tender coconut Training course material, theory sessions and hands on training, lunch, tea & snacks Rs 250
Four day EDP program for Group leaders from self help groups/NGO/ FPO/New Emtrepreneurs Training course material, theory sessions and hands on training, lunch, tea & snacks Rs 1500

Quality Testing Plant

The laboratory located at South Vazhakulam, Aluva is NABL accredited and is equipped with advanced analytical instruments and testing facilities to carry out tests for chemical and microbiological parameters of coconut based products and other food products.

Quality Testing Services and Analytical Charges for various parameters
Chemical Parameters
Moisture Content Fat / oil Content Acid Value Iodine Value Saponification Value
Specific Gravity Viscosity Unsaponifiable Matter Acidity Carbohydrate
Protein Fatty Acid Profile Vitamin-E Colour Value Refractive Index
Polenske Value Total Solids Ash content Particle size Toxic Metals (Arsenic, Zinc, Lead, Mercury Etc).
Trace Metals (Na, K, Ca, Fe Etc.) Adulterants in coconut oil Sand/Silica. Nitrogen (N2) Phosphorous (P2O5)
Potassium (K2O)
Microbiology Parameters
Total Plate Count (TPC) Coliforms. Yeast and Mould. E.coli Salmonella. Staphylococus Aureous.
Approved Analytical Charges for Chemical Parameters
Chemical Parameters Min Qty Reqd Analytical Charges in Rs.
I. Coconut Oil (BIS specification)
1 Moisture other volatile matter (Oven Method) 250 gm 300
2 Colour Value 250 gm 200
3 Refractive Index 250 gm 200
4 Iodine Value 250 gm 200
5 Saphonification Value 250 gm 200
6 Specific Gravity 250 gm 200
7 Acid Value 250 gm 200
8 Unsaponifiable matter 250 gm 200
9 Polenske Value 250 gm 300
II. Desiccated Coconut BIS specification
1 Determination of Particle size 500 gm 200
2 Determination of Moisture 500 gm 300
3 Total Ash 500 gm 200
4 Acid Insoluble Ash 500 gm 200
5 Oil Content (Fat) % 500 gm 300
6 FFA of Fat extracted 500 gm 200
III. Coconut Oilcake & Copra BIS Specification
1 Moisture % by weight (Toluene Method) 500 gm 300
2 Crude protein (N2x6.25) % by weight 500 gm 300
3 Oil Content (Crude fat) % by weight 500 gm 300
4 Crude fibre 500 gm 300
5 Total Ash % by weight 500 gm 200
6 Acid Insoluble Ash % by weight 500 gm 300
IV. Neem Cake
1 Moisture (on received basis) 500 gm 300
2 Oil Content (on received basis) 500 gm 300
3 Nitrogen (N) 500 gm 200
4 P2O5 (P-Phosphorus) 500 gm 200
5 K2O(K-Pottassium) 500 gm 200
6 Sand & Silica 500 gm 500
IV. Brewed Vinegar PFA standards
1 Acidity as acetic acid 500 ml 200
2 Total soluble Solids 500 ml 200
3 Total Ash 500 ml 200
4 Alcohol Present/ percentage of Alcohol 500 ml 400
5 Test for Mineral Acids 500 ml 300
6 Heavy metals by AAS (Pb, Cu, As) 500 ml 1500
V. Other Parameters
1 Protein 500 gm 300
2 Carbohydrate/Sugar 500 gm 200
3 Minerals (Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Iron & Phosphorus) - each 500 gm 200
4 Unsaponifiable matter 500 gm 300
5 Insoluble Impurities 500 gm 300
6 Test for Mineral Oil 500 ml 300
7 Test for Mineral Acid (Vinegar) 500 ml 300
8 Argemone Oil 500 ml 500
9 Fatty Acid Profile 500 gm 1200
10 Peroxide Value 500 gm 300
11 Sulphur dioxide estimation 500 gm 200
12 Cholesterol 500 gm 500
13 Vitamin E 250 gm 1500

Approved Analytical Charges for Microbiological Parameters

Microbiological Parameters Min Qty Reqd Analytical Charges in Rs.
1 Total Plate Count 500gm 200
2 Yeast & mould 500gm 300
3 E. coli 500gm 300
4 Coliforms 500gm 300
5 Salmonella 500gm 500
6 Staphylococcus 500gm 500
7 Listeria 500gm 1500