Vol. 15 No. 3
Sustainable approach towards conversion of unproductive coconut palms into productive ones through neera production
Author(s): TOKO YARIN, A. BANDYOPADHYAY AND D.K. GHOSH (LKN)
To revitalize the prospects of coconut farmers, an attempt was taken in BCKV during 2016-18 to make the two different types of unproductive coconut palms into productive ones and to study the impact of different seasons on yield and productivity of neera. Six treatments like T1= April-May, T2=June-July, T3=August-September, T4=October-November, T5=December-January, T6=February-March were considered following randomized block design (RBD). Among two different types of coconut, yellow type of unproductive palms recorded maximum neera yield of 86.1l from single inflorescence within a span of 60 days during October - November with a net annual return of Rs 19180/ per palm where as green type of unproductive palms recorded 80.5l of neera yield during October-November with an annual income of Rs 17780/per palm. In case of productive palms, yellow type recorded highest neera yield of 89.4 liters from single inflorescence within a span of 60 days during the period of June - July out of which 60.1 l was harvested during night time. comparative study between nut yield and neera yield of productive palms indicated that irrespective of any type return from neera is always higher than nut yield and it was aximu (Rs.19950/palm/year) in yellow type. This indicated that instead of removing any unproductive palms neera production from these unproductive palms can give a very good monetary return which will ultimately help to uplift the economic status of the farmer by engaging a very good number of human resources for their livelihood security.
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