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Harnessing the Potentials of the Coconut Palm in the Nigerian Economy

By I. O. Uwubanmwen, C. N. Nwawe, R. A. Okere, M. Dada and E. Eseigbe


Abstract: The coconut palm (cocos nucifera) though not indigenous to Nigeria, grows well in places with a mean annual temperature of 25°C- 28°C and an annual rainfall of 200mm. Great potentials exist for increasing coconut production and productivity in Nigeria. The low productivity of few coconut holdings in Nigeria is as a result of poor management practices, high density plantings in the groves, poor soil fertility management, lack of fertilizer use, poor pest and diseases control. In other for the development of the coconut product trade to result in tangible improvement in the Nigerian economy, partnership between producers, national policy makers, the private sector and the international industry is inevitable. Policies that are made should be private sector driven thereby increasing productivity in all chains of the coconut palm production. This paper is designed to unveil the potentials of the coconut palm and its role in the development of the nation’s economy, by providing food, raw materials, income and employment to millions of Nigerians

Topics: Key words, Coconut Potentials Productivity
Year: 2014
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