"Sat May 5, 2007
Farmers' reluctance stymies efforts to re-grow coconuts
The Coconut Industry Board, which is staging the annual general
meeting of the Growers Association on Saturday, has indicated that it
is experiencing problems with its planting programmes.
It says the programmes introduced as part of efforts to maintain the
number of trees which existed immediately before the latest outbreak
of yellow leafing in 1997 have seen little success.
According to the Board, it did not achieve its targeted planting of
100,000 seedlings per year, and this has been the experience every
year since the establishment of the programmes.
It says the continued failure is linked to farmers' reluctance to
plant the Malayan Dwarf and Maypan hybrid, which are still dying from
lethal yellowing disease.
Planting under the old programme should have ended in 2004, but the
Board decided that the period should be extended.
This, as the targeted 300,000 seedlings over the five years had not
Under the programme, the Board is continuing to offer 60,000 seedlings
per year and fertilizer for 80 per cent of the seedlings."