Coconut Production Estimated to Decline during 2017
Kochi: Coconut Development Board conducts survey for Concurrent Estimation of yield of coconut every year. The survey conducted for the crop season 2016-17 (July-June) reveals that the production of coconut is likely to decline compared to that of the previous year.
Production for the agriculture year 2016-17 in the country is estimated at 20,789 million nuts which is 6.22 per cent lower than that of previous year. The study was conducted by the Board in the major coconut growing states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
The estimate indicates increased production in the states of West Bengal and Maharashtra by 3.96 per cent and 0.37 per cent respectively. In Andhra Pradesh only a meager decrease was estimated, which is an indication that the State is returning back to normal as far as coconut production is concerned, after being severely hit by cyclonic storms in the successive years of 2013 and 2014. Production in other major coconut growing states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat and Odisha is estimated to decrease.
The decline in production in almost all the states was attributed to deficient monsoon, especially in Kerala where majority of the coconut cultivation is done under rain-fed conditions.