Coconut Oil * - Project Profile
Coconut palms are
grown widely in the coastal tracts of the
country. Copra, the dried kernel is the chief
commercial product from coconut, which is mainly
used for oil extraction. Copra normally has an
oil content varying from 65 to 72 per cent.
Well dried copra
with a moisture content not exceeding 6 per cent
is cleaned well from any foreign matter. It is
then cut into small chips in a copra cutter. The
chips are fed into steam jacketed kettles and
cooked mildly at a temperature of 70oC
for 30 minutes. After proper cooking, the cooked
material is fed into the expeller continuously
and pressed twice. The combined oil from the
first and the second pressing is collected in a
tank provided separately. This oil is filtered
by means of a filter press and stored in MS
tanks. Bulk packaging is done in tin containers.
HDPE containers and polymeric nylon barrier
pouches are used for small consumer packings.
The quality of copra is related to the quality
of coconut oil.
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