In 1981, Deejay was the first commercial organization in Karnataka to use computers. Therefore in 1983 when the coconut breeding project was started, recording and data entry of the planting and monthly growing information, as well as the monthly productivity of each palm was computerized from the onset. Our data bank now contains all the information about 30,000+ palms.

Today we select the top 1% of our palms from computerized records of 30,000 palms, primarily based on productivity, and then by manual selection based on 21 characteristics of the palm, and 17 characteristics of the coconut it produces. This stringent and exacting process enables us to breed the best next generation of pedigreed mother stock possible. Emasculation, hand pollination of individual female buttons by brush, followed by bagging and labeling, ensure the accuracy of the pedigree of every mother palm produced. The Deejay Dwarf Mother palm is presently under patenting.

This dwarf begins to flower within 18 months, and produces bunches earlier, with a larger quantity and size of coconuts. These advantages are transmitted in the hybridization process to the Deejay hybrid. The number of leaves on each dwarf palm, the number of leaflets on each frond, and the breadth of those leaflets are measured and recorded. These and many other characteristics are used in the selection process. Furthermore, each breeding farm is continuously being upgraded.  Every month, the poorest performers among the dwarf mothers, based on the last 6 years average performance, are culled, and the best and latest pedigreed mothers are planted in their place. This ensures continuous improvement.

Quality Control in producing the Deejay hybrid

The focus is on ensuring that only highly productive seedlings leave the Deejay nurseries. While Deejay cannot ensure that the pollen that every bee and butterfly brings is the correct pollen, Deejay can ensure that not a single sub-standard, illegitimate or doubtful hybrid leaves the premises. This sometimes means that up to 30% of the seedlings are destroyed.

Deejay is fully aware that the farmer planting a new field of coconut palms makes a choice that will help or hurt him/her over the next 60 years.

The Potential of the Deejay hybrid

The primary purpose of planting a Deejay Sampoorna palm is to produce large numbers of large coconuts at the lowest cost of production. The Deejay hybrid achieves this. Furthermore, the Deejay coconut from the Sampoorna hybrid produces value-added products at just 30% the cost of any other palm.

Flowering begins in
36 months
72 months
Annual Nuts yield per palm
Copra content per nut
210 gms
140 gms
Oil content in Copra
68 %
63 %
Tender Coconut Water min.
500 ml
200 ml
No. of Coconuts per acre
Copra per acre
3,675 kgs
784 kgs
Coconut oil per acre
2,500 kgs
494 kgs