The minister asked why coconut oil was singled out for this treatment compared to other edible oils with multiple uses, such as mustard or gingelly oil.
Those who suffer from cancer of the liver, gall bladder, pancreas can benefit from consuming coconut oil.
The sobriquet Tree Man will fit none better than Kanagaraj of Palladam. A farmer who also runs a transport business, S Kanagaraj has given new lease of life to 920 coconut trees that faced the axe.
Uddanam region is known for coconut and cashew cultivation. Srikakulam district has 15,000 hectares of coconut cultivation with 12,000 hectares in Uddanam region alone.
Coconut oil is a tropical climate kitchen favourite, especially for Indian curries down south. Cold-pressed versions retain the nutrient value better.
The state budget presented by Finance Minister Thomas Isaac seems to have found some convenient reasons to cold shoulder the coconut farmers in the state.