Activities eligible for subsidy
Cutting and removal of old, unproductive, diseased and senile coconut palms and field sanitation.
Replanting with disease tolerant talls, hybrids and dwarf cultivars to maintain optimum palm population viz. 160-175 palms/ha.
Rejuvenation of the coconut gardens by adopting integrated management practices as recommended by CPCRI or SAUís
All farmers in contiguous areas in CPS/ ward/Panchayat shall be eligible for assistance.
The cluster formed at ward level shall be transformed to coconut producer society with the existing byelaws and shall be registered with the Coconut Development Board.
Applicant should be the owner cultivator of the land
Assistance under the scheme will be limited to 4 ha per farmer.
Conditions to be satisfied by applicants for cutting and Replanting
The palms identified for cutting and removal in the cluster should be yielding less than 10 nuts / year.
The palms to be cut and removed should be clearly marked.
The palms identified by the CPS for removal will be approved by the local Agriculture Officer.
Cutting and removal of the palm identified should be completed within 3 months of the approval. The time limit can be relaxed by the State Government if there is sufficient justification to be communicated to the DO.
The applicant should use only quality coconut seedlings for replanting. The seedlings should be procured from nurseries of State Department of Agriculture/ Horticulture or State Agricultural Universities/ CDB/ CPCRI or private nurseries assisted by CDB/ State Dept.
While replanting the palm population should not exceed 175/ha subject to the limitation of topography.
Replacement planting/replanting in all cases should be completed within 12 months of the uprooting.
Prior to commencement of replanting the soil/pits should be made suitable for replanting.
Soil testing should be carried out through recognized soil testing labs.
Conditions to be followed for Rejuvenation
The proposed garden for rejuvenation should not be an abandoned garden (or) should not belong to an absentee land lord.
The existing palms in the garden should be potentially healthy for being rejuvenated.
The area to be rejuvenated will be surveyed and all the basic data of the garden/farmer will be recorded.
Farmers in the CPS will be linked to credit institutions for availing