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Kerala accounts for 37 percent of total area under Coconut Farming in India, Still Chhattisgarh leads the chart

In terms of productivity, Chhattisgarh leads the chart with record 16,508 coconuts per hectare

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Kochi, May 4, 2017: Even though Kerala accounts for 37 per cent of the total area under coconut farming in the country, it is at sixth place in terms of productivity, recently released data shows.

The total area under coconut farming in Kerala is 7.7 lakh hectares, while the total production stands at 7,429 million coconuts — 34 per cent of its total production, according to the statistics on coconut production published by the Union Ministry of Agriculture.

In terms of productivity, Chhattisgarh leads the chart with record 16,508 coconuts per hectare, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 13,732 per hectare, while Kerala stands at 9,641 coconuts per hectare. (IANS)

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Franco Mulakkal, bishop of the Indian city of Jalandhar, center, whom a nun has accused of rape, leaves after appearing for questioning by police in Kochi, India, Sept. 19, 2018. The bishop has denied the accusation. VOA

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The arrest of Franco Mulakkal came after police questioned him for three days in southern Indian city of Kochi.

The nun with the Missionaries of Jesus order filed a police complaint in June accusing the bishop of raping her from 2014 to 2016.

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Nuns hold placards during a protest demanding justice after an alleged sexual assault of a nun by a bishop in Kochi, in the southern state of Kerala, India. VOA

Mulakkal is the bishop of the northern Indian city of Jalandhar. He denied the accusations, saying the nun was angry because he had ordered her disciplined.

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