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Dr. P. Rethinam, Ph.D.
Plantation Crops Management Specialist
18, Lakshmi Nagar
S.N. Palayam
Coimbatore- 641 007

M: 094437 51386/ 093629 33806



Date and Place of birth

Born on 1st July, 1942 in Tamil Nadu


Ph.D. in Agronomy at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

Academic and Administrative positions held

  • He started his carrier as Research Assistant and then Assistant Professor and later selected for All India Agricultural Research Service in 1976.
  1. Scientist and became Project Coordinator, All India Co-ordinated Research Project on Palms; was the first Assistant Director General for Plantation Crops at ICAR, New Delhi; Founder Director, National Research Centre for Oil Palm, Pedavagi, Andhra Pradesh; Ecosystem Director under National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP), a World Bank Project; Chairman, Coconut Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India; Executive Director of Asian and Pacific Coconut Community, Jakarta, Indonesia, an Intergovernmental Organization

Academic achievements

  • He organized many National and International Conferences and Symposiums. He is very close with the farming community as well as processors of coconut and oil palm.
  • Dr. Rethinam popularized the benefit of coconut and its products through technical bulletins in 58 countries around the world through UNESCAP and through seminars in Indonesia, India and USA. He popularized coconut products through International Fairs.
  • Created excellent research facilities and formulated Research Projects. He was instrumental for promoting irrigated oil palm in the country and proved it successful.
  • Formulated Research Programmes in Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Science and Fisheries for Coastal Ecosystem.

Awards and Recognitions

Konda Reddy Gold Medal and Rolling Shield; Dr. Nathaneal Gold Medal at TNAU; Life Time Achievement Award for Plantation Crops; Kalpa Viriksha Award for Coconut Research and Development; Dr. M.H. Marigowda National Award for Best Horticulture Research for 2007-08 by UAS Bangalore.

Chairman/Vice-Chairman/Member- Technical Committees and BoardsHe was Vice President for BUROTROP, France, and was member of COGENT Steering Committee.

Professional Societies and Academies

  • Editor, International Journal of Noni Research
  • Editor, WNRF and ISNS

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