India’s coconut production is down by 10%, says the latest statistical survey by Coconut Development Board (CDB). While the crop production in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka has fallen, the output in Tamil Nadu, Odisha and West Bengal is showing an uptick.
Kerala, the heartland of coconuts, is still the topper in coconut production. However, CDB notes that the estimated coconut production in the state showed a decrease of 17.48% in 2014-15 over the previous year. The production was 5,921 million nuts during 2013-14, as per Department of Economics and Statistics, which is estimated to be 4,886 million nuts during 2014-15. Yield estimated for the state is 6,042 nuts per hectare. Shortage of rain and pest infections are reported as the causes for decline in production.
At the same time, the production estimate for Tamil Nadu in 2014-15 shows a slight increase of 3.9 % compared to the year 2013-14. The production of 4,668 million nuts reported in 2013-14 has increased to 4,850 million nuts in 2014-15 as per statistics.Yield estimated for the state is 11,319 nuts per hectare.