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Hybrid variety to be supplied on June 1 in a tradition over 25 years old

Quality hybrid coconut seedlings will be distributed at the Kerala Agricultural University’s Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) at Pilikode in Kasaragod on June 1, a practice the station has been following for more than 25 years.

The RARS, covering Kasaragod, Kannur and Kozhikode, is known for its hybrid coconut varieties as it was there the world’s first coconut hybrid was evolved in 1936.

K. Abdul Kareem, Associate Director of Research, RARS, said preparations were under way for the delivery of hybrid coconut seedlings on June 1.

The station had been meticulously delivering this service to farmers on the first of June every year, when hundreds of farmers from the State and outside would throng the station to purchase the seedlings, he said.

“The coconut hybrids developed at the RARS include Lakshaganga, Anandaganga, Keraganga, Kerasree and Kerasoubhagya. Of these, Kerasree, Lakshaganga, and Anadaganga are the varieties produced for sale this year,” Dr. Kareem said.

He said the gate of the station would be opened at 4 a.m. on June 1, coupon/printed application form would be distributed from 8 a.m. and billing would start at 9 a.m.

As many as 20,000 seedlings were ready for sale and one applicant would be given a maximum of 10 seedlings.

A hybrid seedling would cost Rs.100 and a non-hybrid one, Rs. 40.

Dr. Kareem said a hybrid coconut would yield 100 nuts a year.

“A hybrid seedling is the result of nearly three years of precise, and persistent effort of a team of labourers, technical staff, administrative staff and scientists,” Dr. Kareem said.

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