Desiccated Coconut Powder Project Report

Introduction to Desiccated Coconut Powder Project Report, and Manufacturing Business Plan: India is the third-largest coconut-producing nation in the entire world. As per the analysis conducted by the coconut expansion board in 2013-14, the annual cultivation of coconut in Kerala is 5798.04 million nuts and the state has been the 3rd largest coconut producing area in the nation. In Kerala, about 60% of the coconuts are sent for oil manufacturing, and the rest the used in food preparation. Copra and coconut oil are the two main products of the coconut processing sector. Around 60% of the total production of nuts is used for food uses and the left goes during oil extraction. Desiccated coconut is extensively used for confectionery and sweets preparation, curry preparation, etc. Currently, around 4000 tons of desiccated coconut are produced every year. In India, the major units producing coconut powder are located in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Orissa. Desiccated coconut is not only a value-added item but is a labor-intensive sector and thereby has the scope to generate a large number of employment opportunities.

Desiccated Coconut Powder Project Report, Coconut Powder Extraction, and Manufacturing Business Plan in India

Desiccated Coconut Powder Manufacturing
Desiccated Coconut Powder

Market potential of Coconut Powder: As it is a mass consumption product, desiccated coconut has a huge market. Currently, about 4000 tons of desiccated coconut are manufactured per year and used majorly by confectionery and biscuit factories. In Kerala coconut is the chief ingredient employed while preparing breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Even while preparation of curries coconut paste is often used. Instead of that desiccated coconut powder could be a better substitute. Desiccated coconut may be used in areas where coconuts are not grown abundantly like Northern India. Nowadays food habits of our people are altering rapidly and several food items are being discovered every day where desiccated coconut could be extensively used as well. So there is a great potential for new small-scale units to venture into this line of business.

Business plan for starting Coconut Powder Manufacturing Business

To start a small-scale Coconut Powder Manufacturing Business in India, you need to first draft a perfect business plan by considering the following points:

  • Basis and presumptions of Coconut Powder Manufacturing Business
  • Implementation schedule
  • List of approvals required to start Coconut Powder Manufacturing Business
  • Raw materials required for Coconut Powder Manufacturing Business
  • List of machinery and equipment for extracting Coconut Powder
  • Manufacturing process of Coconut Powder
  • Project economics of Coconut Powder Manufacturing Business

Basis and Presumptions of Coconut Powder Manufacturing Business

The Project Profile relies on the following assessments:

  • Working hours/shift: 8 hrs.
  • No. of shift/day:1
  • Working days: 300
  • Labor expenses: According to State Government’s Minimum Wages Act.
  • Rate of interest: 15% per annum
  • Costs of machinery and equipment: Taken based on A particular dealer
  • Value of raw material: As per local market Packing material/others rate (on wholesale rate)
  • Land: owned
  • Building Construction charge: About Rs. 2000 per sq. ft.
  • Break-even point will be estimated on a full capacity utilization basis
  • Pay-back time is 7 years

Implementation schedule of Coconut Powder Manufacturing Business

The project implementation schedule

  • Project preparation: 0-1 month
  • Location selection, acquisition of 1-2 months land and land development
  • Loan Sanction: 1-3 months
  • Building construction: 3-4 months
  • Connection of electric supply and water: 4-5 months
  • Obtaining machinery: 5-6 months
  • Electrification & installation:  6-7 months
  • Recruitment of staff and workers: 7-8 months
  • Trial run can be initiated in 8-10 months
  • Commercial production could start from 10-11 months

List of approvals required for starting Coconut Powder Manufacturing Business

Coconut powder is a food product. Hence the business requires various registrations and licenses before beginning. These requisites are mainly based on the location where you are planning to initiate the unit. However, it is suggested to contact local small business professionals and tax consultants.

  • Primarily, you must define the management design of your organization. And then as per the design, register your business.
  • Firstly, apply for MSME Udyog Aadhaar which is available as online registration.
  • Then, the important trade license from the local municipality should be applied.
  • The business comes under the food Industry category and requests consent from FSSAI which is also done online.
  • Nowadays it is a must to apply for GST registration.
  • Try to create a current account in any of the nearby banks.
  • Then it is important to apply for the BIS certification. The Bureau of Indian Standards specification for the product is IS 966:1962. The product must also conform to the PFA Act, guidelines

Moreover, it is essential to check the tax liabilities as well for this business.

Raw materials required for starting Coconut Powder Manufacturing Business

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How To Start Coconut Powder Making Business
Raw Coconut (Image source: pixabay)

The chief materials are coconut nuts. In addition to that, you must obtain the packaging materials for your coconut powder manufacturing business.

The manufacturing process of Coconut Powder

During the manufacture of desiccated coconut, the choice of good quality coconuts is the first step. Since the quality of desiccated coconut is based on the quality of coconuts used. Fully matured coconuts of around 12 months are best for the preparation of desiccated coconut. Fully matured nuts are kept with the husk for around one month so that the water inside the kernels will be absorbed. This also helps coconut kernels to separate from shell walls. The coconuts are dehusked and their shells are separated. The brown portion of nuts known as tasta is removed by the commonly used scrapping technique. About 10-15% of the kernel goes as paring here in the step. These parings will be pressed post drying to obtain oil which can be used for soap preparation. Deshelled coconuts are cut into pieces, washed thoroughly, and desiccated into powders of several grades. The powder is then dried using a drier by spreading it out uniformly using trays. The temperature in the drying chamber is kept at about 180°F and the powder is agitated occasionally while the drying process takes place so that drying is performed uniformly. Proper care must be taken while drying. When the powder is dried, it is cooled and passed from a vibratory screen with different sizes (12, 14, and 16 mesh). The segregated material is then packed in oil-proof, moisture-proof plywood boxes (25 Kg) which are lined with polythene. It may also be packed using polybags of various quantities such as 250 gm, 500 gm and sent to retailers. During the manufacturing of desiccated coconut, several by-products like parings, coconut shells, and husks are formed which may be converted into several products of vital importance. It has been reported that 100 kg of desiccated coconut is gained if 1000 coconuts are acquired.

Desiccated Coconut Powder Project Report/ Economics of Coconut Powder Manufacturing Business in India

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Desiccated Coconut Powder Economics
Desiccated Coconut Powder Economics

Fixed Capital

i) Land and Building   

Land Owned

Building 2000sqft @Rs.2000 per Sq. ft: Rs. 4,00,000

Over Head Tank: Rs. 40,000

Total: Rs. 4,40,000.

ii) Machinery and Equipment

Cabinet-type hot air drier with blower, motor, and other accessories: Rs. 1,85,000

Disintegrator 12″ size with 10HP motor and accessories: Rs. 1,05,000

Vibratory sifting machine fitted with GI wire mesh and 2 Hp motor: Rs. 50,000

Aluminum Trays 10 nos: Rs. 15,000

Platform weighing Balance: Rs. 10,000

Polythene sealing machine 2 nos: Rs. 5,000

Other misc items like scrapping knives, trolleys etc.: Rs. 10,000

Working tables: Rs. 20,000

Lab testing equipments: Rs. 20,000

Electrification and installation: Rs. 50,000

Essential Office furniture: Rs. 25,000

Total: Rs. 4,95,000

iii) Pre Operative Expenses: Rs. 25,000

Total Fixed Capital (i+ii+iii): Rs. 9,60,000.

Working Capital

i) Raw Materials

coconut with husk 75000nos 2 Rs 10: Rs. 7,50,000

Polythene bags 75 kg @ Rs120 per bag: Rs. 9,000

Plywood Boxes of 25kg capacity 300nos @ Rs.100 per box: Rs. 30,000

Labels, gums and other packing aids L.S: Rs. 10,000

Total: Rs. 7,99,000

ii) Salaries and Wages

Manager cum Food technologist 1: Rs. 20,000

Sales man: Rs. 10,000

Skilled workers-2: Rs. 30,000

Helpers 10 nos: Rs. 50,000

Total: Rs. 1,10,000

iii) Utilities: Rs. 11,300

iv) Other Contingencies: Rs. 13,700

Total working capital (i+ii+iii+iv): Rs. 9,34,000.

Total Capital Investment

a) Fixed Capital: Rs. 9,60,000

b) working Capital: Rs. 9,34,000

Total: Rs. 18,94,000

Source of Fund

Term loan: Rs. 7,20,000

working Capital Loan: Rs. 7,00,500

Own fund: Rs. 4,73,500

Total: Rs. 18,94,000

Total loan amount required: Rs. 14,20,500.

Cost of production

Total recurring expenditure: Rs. 9,34,000

Depreciation on Building and tank @5%: Rs. 1,833

Depreciation on machinery and equipment @10%: Rs. 2,917

Depreciation on hand tools@15%): Rs. 438

Depreciation on Office equipments@20%: Rs. 1,000

Interest on loan (15%): Rs. 17756

Total production cost: Rs. 9,57,944

Say: Rs. 9,58,000.

Turnover per month

Desiccated Coconut 7.5 Tone @ Rs.130000 per ton): Rs. 9,75,000

Coconut shell 2 MT @35000per mt: Rs. 70,000

Coconut husk 75000 nos @ 40ps: Rs. 30,000

Total: Rs. 10,75,000

Net profit per month: Rs. 1,17,000

Annual profit without tax: Rs. 14,04,000.

Break-Even Point Analysis

1) Fixed Cost

Depreciation: Rs. 6,188

Interest: Rs. 17,756

40% of salary and wages: Rs. 44,000

40% 0f other expenses: Rs. 5,480

Total: Rs. 73,424.

2) Net profit: Rs. 1,17,000

B.E.P = Fixed Cost x 100 / (Fixed Cost + Net profit) = 38.56%.

Pollution control for Coconut Powder Manufacturing Business

The main effluent generated in the process of desiccated coconut is the after-wash water that includes dissolved solids along with coconut oil. The level of dissolved solids and oil is not important and the effluent water can be reused without any harm for irrigation works or drained out after excluding or filtering solids and oils. The water containing detergent can be used for cleaning equipment and is disposed of separately. Proper disposal arrangements should be planned for dumping refuge and perishable spoiled items and a separate pit must be built for these purposes. Proper hygiene and sanitation will keep the ecosystem free of pollutants. However, a NOC is mandatorily obtained from State PCB- Pollution Control Board and care should be taken to reduce pollution.

Energy conservation in Coconut Powder Manufacturing Business

 Electrical energy is the main driving source in the process of desiccated coconut manufacturing. Care should be taken to keep the power load at the minimum uniformly. Capacitors should be installed for motors to keep the power factor to its maximum.

Advanced designs of tube light with electronic choke must be installed for lighting purposes for having an efficient light source with less electric energy consumption. Factory shed should be constructed in such a manner that natural light could be utilized particularly in the daytime, the optimum temperature should be optimized in the drying chamber to obtain the product with less consumption of energy. Proper care of electrical machinery and equipment will further contribute to energy conservation. Proper monitoring should be performed in the operation of equipment specifically for drier and when not used, it should be turned off.


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