Coconut Sector Development Project. Report on the mission from 11 to 26 April 2002

Calvez Claude-Hervé. 2002. Coconut Sector Development Project. Report on the mission from 11 to 26 April 2002. Montpellier : CIRAD-CP, 32 p. N° de rapport : CP_SIC 1500

Mission report
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Abstract : The choice of plantations intensified in 2000 and 2001 corresponds well to the criteria recommended for the intensification of plantation production and all the smallholders met are very confident about the effect of intensification: they all confirm that the production of their palms is going to increase considerably. The observations of smallholders on the effects of intensification are confirmed by the results of intensification trials carried out by OPRI/CIRAD. In order to respect the agronomic objectives of the project, with the agreement of project management, and following a readjustment of the fertilizer schedule for budgetary reasons, it was decided that the choice of plantations for the 2002 programme (more restrictive selection criteria) will be recentred more on the coastal zone of the central and western part of Jomoro district, a zone where the effect of intensification will be maximum and where farmers have no other alternative to coconut cultivation. In order to maintain soil fertility after halting potassium fertilizer applications in particular, this year (2002 intensification programme) an awareness drive is to be launched by the project among smallholders to generalize the use of coconut husks as much as possible as a source of potassium fertilizer (plantations located outside the zone covered by the WIENCO company for husk collection). At the same time, in order to improve plantation upkeep techniques, and also restore soil fertility, the project will also be recommending that farmers adopt the interrow upkeep technique adopted in the Philippines for upkeep on smallholdings. The Bonsaso seed garden : The aim of the project is to complete the planting of 30 hectares of MYD and SGD mother palm seed gardens in 2003, on the two sites located at Bonsaso (Central Region). - a 20-ha MYD seed garden planted at a density of 205 palms per hectare (2000 and 2001 programme). - a 10-ha SCD seed garden planted at a density of 205 palms per hectare (2001 and 2002 programme). This programme is a success. Use of the seed gardens (around 26 ha planted in 2000 and 2001) can start at the beginning of 2004, and as of 2006 more than 300,000 seednuts will be produced annually (potentiel for planting or replanting over 1,500 ha of hybrid plantations per year throughout the country, including Volta Region). 2002 planting programme : The aim of the project is to plant around 300 hectares in 2002. This target will probably be difficult to achieve as the number of plants produced in the nursery this year will only enable the planting of around 260 ha. As already stated in our September 2001 mission report (ref. SIC/CP 1427), the project has a good command of the operations concerning, - seed bed management, - polybag nursery management, - programming and monitoring the technical procedures recommended for the setting up of new plantings. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Cocos nucifera

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Ghana

Classification Agris : F01 - Crop husbandry
F04 - Fertilizing

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Calvez Claude-Hervé, CIRAD-CP-COCOTIER (FRA)

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