The total coconut yield at 11 model gardens in the country had increased from 4,234,226 in 2002 to 5,105,613 in 2003, according to the Annual Report of the Coconut Cultivation Board presented in Parliament last week.
The largest coconut yield of 842,449 had been reported from the Daisy Valley model garden in 2003, and it was against the yield of 734,499 reported the previous year. There had been a yield of 832,811reported from the Nagansola model garden, a drastic increase from the yield of 453,297 reported in 2002.
However, there had been a decline in the yield harvested from 160,348 in 2002 to 106,000 in 2003 at Korai model garden.
The report says the Board found it difficult recover the maintenance const from the income generated from the estates in Korai and Passikuda in the North-East, because proper management could not be carried out.
Among these coconut estates, the largest number of 14511 coconut-bearing palms are found in the Mahayaya estate, and the harvested yield in 2003 had been 806,558.
A number of 14138 such palms had been recorded in the Daisy Valley estate where the largest yield of 842,449 was reported in the same year.
The lowest number of 3077 coconut-bearing palms had been reported in Passikuda.
According to the report, the sheep-rearing project implemented by the Board has been confined to Udugama division in Girtland estate, as the area available for grazing sheep is limited.
According to the report, 16621.5 litres of milk had been produced by cattle reared at the Mahayaya estate.
The report also says poultry farming including layers and broilers are carried out only at Mahayaya. The total egg production was 707,060 in 2003. Besides, 5783 broiler meat production had also been reported.