Hybrids better for coconuts
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CTA. 1986. Hybrids better for coconuts . Spore 2. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Tanzania's National Coconut Development Programme, funded by the World Bank and West Germany, is trying to revive production of coconut oil by the introduction of hybrid varieties of coconut trees In Tanzania, there are 600,000 producers of...
Tanzania's National Coconut Development Programme, funded by the World Bank and West Germany, is trying to revive production of coconut oil by the introduction of hybrid varieties of coconut trees In Tanzania, there are 600,000 producers of coconuts, but producer prices have been falling. Diseases of the tree have been taking a heavy toll, and there has been a dearth of good quality seedlings. Hybrids are the most productive type of coconut. This has been shown in Southeast and East Asia as well as in West Africa, especially the Ivory Coast. The Tanzanian programme has a great number of test plots in farmers' own fields and at other places like schools, and the hybrids seem to be doing well. But programme co-ordinator Dr Klemens Hubert points out that with only three harvests so far, it is too early to come to firm conclusions. Growers are currently testing about 30 hybrids and hope to identify the ones specifically suitable for each region of the country. Improvement work will go on for 10 to 15 years, but the programme is expected to begin to have a real impact on oil production by about 1990 or 1991 It is believed that hybrid seedlings can be produced at a cost-covering price of about US$0.75 each. At present, the price for an East African tall seedling is about US$0.60. Tanzanian farmers are prepared to pay these prices if they are confident that they will get good quality seedlings. Experience shows that seedlings which are sold will be cared for much better than those which are given away. For further information contact: Dr Kleemens Hubert Tanzania's National Coconut Development Programme PO Box 6226 Dar-es-Salaam TAnzania