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Care Coconut Introduction:

Coconut is essentially a small holders crop, fragmented holdings, scattered production, the homestead nature of cultivation, the high incidence of pest and disease and the large stock of senile palms have made coconut cultivation non profitable particularly in the traditional states.  Kerala and Andaman & Nicobar Islands have a predominantly coconut based economy. The declining productivity has been a major cause of concern in these coconut growing areas. An analysis has shown that the prevalence of old and senile palms, severe incidence of root (wilt) disease and poor management are the major reasons for the low productivity of coconut in Kerala. In A&N Islands, low productivity is mainly due to the existence of a large number of old and senile palms.

Recently research material shows that the root (wilt) disease is caused by Phytoplasma and there are no suitable curative measures to combat this disease.  The strategy recommended is cutting of disease advanced, old and senile palms and adoption of integrated management practices for nurturing the mildly affected palms back to health. With a view to improving productivity in these traditional areas which have a huge stock of old and diseased palms, it has been decided to implement the Pilot Project for Replanting and Rejuvenation of Coconut Gardens in the severely affected Districts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Thrissur in Kerala and Union Territory (UT) of Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) Islands on a pilot basis. For your information these are some of the byproducts you get out of coconut.

Coconut water
Coconut oil
Raw kernel
Coconut oil cake
Coconut toddy
Coconut shell products
Coconut wood products
Coconut leaf
Coir path
Janasakthi as an NGO will assist CDB  in following activities:
Cutting and removal of all old, senile, unproductive and disease advanced palms followed by replantation.  
Rejuvenation of existing gardens through integrated management practices. 
Assistance for replanting.  
Implementation, Monitoring, Evaluation, Training etc 
Further information will be available in the coming weeks.


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