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Coconut-Production of Elite Planting Material

Coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) is a perennial plantation with its economic life span lasting for more than 60 years. Being a highly cross pollinated crop and exhibiting a lot of genetic variations, it is important to ensure that only genetically superior coconut seedlings are planted in the field. The success of a healthy coconut plantation begins with the planting of high-quality seedlings. Production of high-quality planting materials from superior genotypes, involves a series of steps, starting from selection of ideal mother palms, harvesting the seednuts, storing and curing of seednuts, nursery raising and management.