Replacing Tobacco with Coconut
- Plant Hybrid seedlings in the land and then go with Tobacco crop up to two years, later go for shade loving crops like cocoa under coconut after three years.
- Young coconut plants start giving fruits from the fourth year with good management.
- This will provide life long increased income from the same area of planting.
- The future of tobacco is not certain with increased government restrictions over tobacco consumption.
- Coconut farm allows for multiple intercrops, whereas tobacco is a mono crop with no additional income.
- Harvesting, handling, and transportation of tobacco are very time consuming and laborious.
Deejay Hybrid Coconut vs Tobacco
|Year of first Yield||4th year||Short duration Commercial crop|
|Yield Stabilisation||6th year||N. A.|
|Annual costs per acre||Rs. 46,000||Rs. 60,000|
|Annual Income per acre||Rs. 2,62,500
(17,500 nuts x Rs.15)
(800 kg X Rs. 120/kg)
|Net operating revenue per acre||Rs. 2,16,000||Rs. 36,000|
- Coconut is a perennial crop giving income round the year, whereas Tobacco is a short duration crop with one time low income, requires more labor for processing, cultivation, storage, handling, etc.
- Coconut prices are dictated by demand & supply situation, whereas Tobacco price is fixed by the Tobacco board which is controlled by private companies.
- Coconut farm allows for multiple intercrops, whereas Tobacco is a mono crop with no additional income.
- Coconut has multiple uses & multiple harvesting opportunities, but tobacco is a single harvest and single use.