Research perspectives on Coconut, Arecanut and Cocoa
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Coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) and arecanut (Areca catechu) are intrinsic to India’s culture and civilization which is evident from the description of their use in ancient texts and epics. Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) was introduced to India in the 1930s, for establishing the plantations (Criollo type) in the Nilgiris, but was found to be the best companion crop in coconut and arecanut gardens. Over the time, these crops have become the most widely cultivated small-holder plantation crops in India and support the livelihoods of over 25 million people. The contribution of these crops to the Nation’s Gross Added Value is estimated to be `14,200 crores.
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