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ACIAR CocoVeneer Objective 2: Guidelines for harvesting coconut palms in South Pacific island countries

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Blackburn, D and Nolan, G, ACIAR CocoVeneer Objective 2: Guidelines for harvesting coconut palms in South Pacific island countries, University of Tasmania School of Architecture and Design, Hobart (2016) [Government or Industry Research]


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Abstract

Many palms in coconut plantations in the South Pacific Islands are old and have lost much of their vitality and productivity. Known as senile coconuts, these palms provide only low nut yields. For example, a 25-year-old coconut may produce up to 35 nuts a year while a 60- year-old senile coconut may only provide 4 nuts. In reality, senile coconut plantations are ready for replacement, or conversion to alternative land use.

Any policies developed to provide specific guidelines for the harvesting of senile palms should to take into account the controls required to:

Harvest and replace senile coconut palms to maintain a sustainable coconut resource base for forecasted future demand.

Implement safe harvesting practices.

Address environmental considerations.

A rotary peeled coconut veneer product industry is being investigated as an option for the use of logs that will be extracted when senile palms are harvested. If this option proves attractive, strategic operations will need to be considered to address an increasing demand for peeler-logs. Guidelines for harvest log selections, felling, log handling and site rehabilitation are identified and proposed in this document.

Item Details

Item Type:Government or Industry Research
Keywords:coconut palm, harvesting
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Forestry Sciences
Research Field:Agroforestry
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Harvesting and Transport of Forest Products
Author:Blackburn, D (Dr David Blackburn)
Author:Nolan, G (Associate Professor Gregory Nolan)
ID Code:113533
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Architecture (Discipline)
Deposited On:2017-01-05
Last Modified:2017-01-05
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