Last Updated: 2012-07-06
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NEW DELHI, July 6 (NNN-Bernama): Coconut cultivation is facing an intense competition from other remunerative crops, the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community's (APCC) Executive Director, Romulo N Arancon said.

"In Malaysia, the cultivation of oil palm is on the rise and in Thailand, there has been a shift to fruit crops. In India, farmers are attracted to rubber.

"As a result, there is a general decline in coconut productivity," he told The Economic Times here.

He said over 50 per cent of the coconut palms in APCC member countries need replanting as they are old.

Malaysia is a member of the APCC.

Arancon said producing more value-added products from coconut to increase the income of farmers, is one way of tackling the situation.

"The Philippines and Sri Lanka have been quite successful in this, while coir products in India are a good example. Thailand has had success with sugar from coconut sap.

"Encouraging inter-crops in coconut groves is another way of raising the income of the farmer," he added.