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Mexico: Colima promotes a coconut palm that is 20 times more productive

The State's Plant Health Committee announced that the state of Colima was promoting the conversion of coconut palms to a variety that produces 20 times more than the original.

The president of this Committee, Martell Martinez, said that the palms that Colima has are very old, even though a palm can produce fruits for some 60 years.

He said the palms that were currently planted yielded 60 to 70 coconuts per year, which in his opinion was a very low production.

The Committee wants producers to reconvert to the Green Dwarf palm variety, as it produces up to 20 times more coconuts than the current trees in the Pacific area.

The idea, he said, is that the states that produce coconut change their crops for different varieties. He also said that producers were being affected by the Black Palm weevil, a plague that affects this crop and reproduces when the crop begins to yield fruits. "They eat all the organic matter of the palm leaving serious damage," he lamented.

The president of Cesavecol said they had addressed the issue in Mexico City, where they concluded that, now that they are planning to reconvert the production, they should also address the plague issue to take better advantage of the production.

Colima has 12,000 hectares of coconut cultivated, approximately 5,000 of which have been converted, he added.

Some producers have already imported Brazil's Green Dwarf palm for their nurseries, and other producers have already bought it from them, he said. A plant of this variety takes approximately two years to produce coconuts, while the original plant takes more than four years, he added.

In addition, he said, this variety produces at ground level, where it is easier to harvest the coconuts.

On average, each green dwarf palm is sold at 150 pesos.



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