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Commodity boards

1. Coconut Development Board
2. Coffee board
3. Coir board
4. Rubber board
5. Spices board
6. Tea board

1. Coconut Development Board

Coconut Development Board is a statutory body established by the Government of India for the integrated development of coconut production and utilization in the country with focus on productivity increase and product diversification. The Board which came into existence on 12th January 1981, functions under the administrative control of the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, with its Headquarters at Kochi in Kerala and Regional Offices at Bangalore in Karnataka, Chennai in Tamil Nadu and Patna in Bihar. There are six State Centres situated Bhubaneswar in Orissa, Calcutta in West Bengal, Guwahati in Assam, Agartala in Tripura and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh and Port Blair in the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The Board has established 9 (Demonstration cum Seed Production) DSP Farms in different locations of the country and now 7 farms are maintained.

Functions of the board
1. Adopting measures for the development of coconut industry, inter alia.
2. Imparting technical advice to those engaged in coconut cultivation and industry.
3. Providing financial and other assistance for the expansion of area under coconut.
4. Encouraging adoption of modern technologies for processing of coconut and its products.
5. Adopting measures to get incentive prices for coconut and its products.
6. Recommending measures for improving marketing of coconut and its products.
7. Recommending measures for regulating imports and exports of coconut and its products.
8. Fixing grades, specifications and standards for coconut and its products.
9. Financing suitable schemes to increase the production of coconut and to improve the quality and yield of coconut.
10. Assisting, encouraging, promoting and financing agricultural, technological, industrial or economic research on coconut and its products.
11. Collecting statistics on coconut and its products and publishing them.
12. Undertaking publicity activities and publishing books and periodicals on coconut and its products.
For further details, please visit http://coconutboard.nic.in


2. Coffee board
        In the world coffee chain hardly 40% of the coffee economy is in the producing countries while the remaining 60% is captured by consuming countries. Over the years they have improved the capabilities of processing, manufacturing and marketing coffee as an end product. Adoption of latest technologies in roasting grinding and packaging is critical for the sustained development of coffee value chain and the market. Processing, packaging and marketing of coffee in the domestic market would also provide ample opportunities for employment generation especially through small and medium enterprises. As the modern technologies in the areas of coffee roasting, grinding and packaging are capital intensive; it inhibits the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES) to venture into taking up coffee value addition activities. Therefore, it is found necessary to extend appropriate support to the entrepreneurs to acquire the suitable technology to manufacture and package good quality coffee powder.

Objective of the scheme

To enhance quality of coffee product and achieve value addition through introduction of improved technologies in coffee roasting, grinding and packaging.


Individuals, Self-Help-Groups and Grower’s collectives, marketing co-operatives, firms, partnerships who are interested to establish coffee roasting and grinding units and also to modernize the existing units with new automated and energy savings machinery are eligible for the benefits under the scheme.
1. The subsidy under the scheme is not available in conjunction with any other scheme of the Coffee Board.
2. The applicant Unit should hold a valid licence for the business from the respective statutory authorities.

Duration of the scheme

The scheme will be in operation during the 11th Five Year Plan unless discontinued by the Government prior to the closure of XI plan period. Date of filing application would determine priority in release of funds.
The rate of subsidy is limited to 25% of the total cost for individuals/ firms and 40% for Self-Help-Groups and other Grower’s collectives. The total cost includes besides the basic cost of the machinery items, admissible taxes, freight, insurance and cost of commissioning. Maximum subsidy is limited to Rs.25.00 lakhs per unit.

Items eligible for subsidy

The roasting, grinding and packaging machinery in any of the following combination is eligible for subsidy:

  1. Roasting machine, grinding machine and packaging machine.
  2. Roasting machine and packaging machine.
  3. Grinding machine and packaging machine.

However, in respect of the existing units, subsidy is eligible for any one type of machines viz., roasting and the grinding or packaging machines provided a grinding machine or roasting machine is considered only if a functional packaging machine is already existing or vice-versa.


Applications shall be considered on first come first serve basis, provided the applications are complete in all respects.

Amendment to the Scheme

The Coffee Board reserves the right to amend, amplify or abrogate in its discretion any of the terms and conditions of the scheme without notice as it may consider necessary for efficient execution of the scheme and fulfillment of its objectives. The following supporting documents are to be submitted by the applicant for claiming subsidy after installation & commissioning the machinery covered under the Board’s sanction order. a) Attested copy of Invoice/Bill submitted by the supplier. b) Attested copies of Bills in support of freight/installation/commissioning charges and insurance in case of claims (if included in the total cost). c) Copy of warranty certificate d) Copy of license from municipal authorities. e) Details of the Bank Account viz. i)Name of the Bank and Branch address ii) Account Holder Name iii) Account No. f) Photographs of the equipment installed. Amendment to the Scheme: The Coffee Board reserves the right to amend, amplify or abrogate in its discretion any of the terms and conditions of the scheme without notice as it may consider necessary for efficient execution of the scheme and fulfillment of its objectives.

Coffee Roasting, Grinding and Packaging machinery specification of eligible items
Sl. No. Machineries Minimum Specifications
1 Roasting Unit 10 Kg per batch and above
2 Grinding Unit Commercial grinder over 15 Kg capacity per hour (stone mills are not eligible)
3 Packaging Unit Pedal sealing machine; Continuous sealing machine;
Filling and sealing machine; Form fill and sealing machine;
Automatic or semi automatic Nitrogen flushing and sealing machine; Vaccumising and sealing machine or Vaccumising & Nitrogen flushing and sealing machine (automatic or semi automatic) are eligible for subsidy.

For further details, please visit http://www.indiacoffee.org/


3. Coir board
Coir Board is a statutory body established by the Government of India under a legislation enacted by the Parliament namely Coir Industry Act 1953 (45 of 1953) for the promotion and development of Coir Industry in India as a whole.
Operational Guidelines for Scheme

  1. Operational Guidelines - Development of Production Infrastructure Scheme for Coir Units
  2. Operational guidelines for the implementation of skill upgradation and quality improvement scheme


  1. Rejuvenation, Modernization and Technology Upgradation of the Coir Industry (REMOT)
  2. Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI)
  3. Skill Upgradation and Quality Improvement Scheme
  4. Science and Technology Scheme
  5. Export Market Promotion Scheme
  6. Domestic Market Promotion Scheme
  7. Trade and Industry Related Functional Support Services Scheme
  8. Welfare Measures scheme

Sub Scheme

  1. External Market Development Assistance for the period 2007-08 to 2010-2012
  2. Marketing Development Assistance Scheme (Domestic)
  3. Personal Accident Insurance Scheme for Coir workers

For further details, please visit http://www.coirboard.nic.in


4. Rubber board
The Rubber Board is a statutory body constituted by the Government of India, under the Rubber Act 1947, for the overall development of the rubber industry in the country.

The functions of the Board as defined under the Act are:

  1. To promote by such measures as it thinks fit the development of the rubber industry.
  2. Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provision the measures referred to therein may provide for:
  3. Undertaking, assisting or encouraging scientific, technological or economic research.
  4. Training students in improved methods of planting, cultivation, manuring and spraying.
  5. The supply of technical advice to rubber growers improving the marketing of rubber.
  6. The collection of statistics from owners of estates, dealers and manufacturers.
  7. Securing better working conditions and the provision and improvement of amenities and incentives to workers.
  8. Carrying out any other duties which may be vested with the Board as per rules made under this Act.
  9.  It shall also be the duty of the Board
  10. To advise the Central Government on all matters relating to the development of the rubber industry, including the import and export of rubber.
  11. To advise the Central Government with regard to participation in any international conference or scheme relating to rubber.
  12. To submit to the Central Government and such other authorities as may be perscribed, half yearly reports on its activities and the working of this Act
  13.  To prepare and furnish such other reports relating to the rubber industry as may be required by the Central Government from time to time.

There is a well structured field establishment set up under the Rubber Production Department which renders free advisory and extension services to rubber growers on all aspects of rubber cultivation, production, processing and marketing and simultaneously attends to implementation of various development schemes as well. The set up comprises four Zonal Offices, 44 Regional Offices and 191 Field Offices located at all important rubber growing centres.

Schemes in Operation

  1. Rubber Plantation Development Scheme Phase IV
  2. Rubber Plantation Development Schemes – XI plan
  3. Rubber Plantation Development Scheme – Phase V
  4. Rubber Plantation Development Scheme - Phase VI
  5. Rubber Plantation Development Scheme in North East
  6. Advisory and Extension Services
  7. Schemes for Assisting Planting and Upkeep
  8. Scheme for Popularising use of Low Volume Sprayers
  9. Scheme for Improving Tapping
  10. Schemes for Assisting Rubber Growers’ Cooperatives
  11. Scheme for Promoting Rubber Producers Societies (RPSs)
  12. Schemes for Assisting Companies in the RPS Sector
  13. Schemes for Assisting Large Growers
  14. Activities in Non-Traditional Areas
  15. Training
  16. Schemes of General Nature

For further details, please visit http://rubberboard.org.in/


5.Spices Board
Out of the 109 spices listed by the ISO, India produces as many as 75 in its various agro climatic regions. India accounts for about 45% (2,50,000 tons -2002-03) of the global spice exports, though exports constitute only some 8% of the estimated annual production of spices at 3.2 million tons (2002). Over all, spices are grown in some 2.9 million hectares in the country. Spice production in India, as much of the agriculture in the country, is undertaken in millions of tiny holdings and determine the livelihood of large number of the rural population. The Head Office of the Board is located at Cochin. Board has Regional Offices Zonal Offices and Field Offices. A central Quality Evaluation Laboratory (QEL) is located at the Head Office. A Biotechnology Lab also functions at the Head Office. Indian Cardamom Research Institute the research wing of the Spices Board has its main station at Myladumpara (Idukki Kerala) with Regional Stations located at Thadiankudissai (Tamil Nadu) Saklespur (Karnataka) and Gangtok (Sikkim).

Developmental Schemes

  1. Project on Pepper production in Idukki district of Kerala under National Horticulture Mission
  2. Special Purpose Fund for Replantation and Rejuvenation of Cardamom
  3. Export Oriented Production & Post Harvest Improvement of spices
  4. Export Development XIth Plan Schemes
  5. Guidelines for Schemes

For further details http://www.indianspices.com/


6. Tea board
Tea is one of the industries, which by an Act of Parliament comes under the control of the Union Govt. The genesis of the Tea Board India dates back to 1903 when the Indian Tea Cess Bill was passed. The Bill provided for levying a cess on tea exports - the proceeds of which were to be used for the promotion of Indian tea both within and outside India. The present Tea Board set up under section 4 of the Tea Act 1953 was constituted on 1st April 1954. It has succeeded the Central Tea Board and the Indian Tea Licencing Committee which functioned respectively under the Central Tea Board Act, 1949 and the Indian Tea Control Act, 1938 which were repealed. The activities of the two previous bodies had been confined largely to regulation of tea cultivation and export of tea as required by the International Tea Agreement then in force, and promotion of tea Consumption.


  1. Promotion Scheme for Packaged Teas of Indian Origin Promotional Support to Exporters
  2. Promotional Schemes to Tea Association
  3. Schemes for ICD, Amingaon
  4. Tea Quality Upgradation and Product Diversification Scheme
  5. Tea Plantation Development Scheme Xi Plan
  6. Special Purpose Tea Fund Scheme March 2007
  7. Special Purpose Tea Fund Scheme of Tea Board
  8. Structure of the Borrowing Mechanism for the SPTF
  9. Tea Plantation Development Scheme

For further details, please visit http://www.teaboard.gov.in/


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