chapter  4
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Intercropping with Coconuts

ByDonald L. Plucknett

This chapter presents some consideration of the intercropping factors and systems is necessary for any utilization of coconut/pasture/cattle systems. There has always been some controversy about the feasibility and desirability of intercropping in coconuts, and there are published recommendations both for and against it. In part, the mixed attitudes seem to be caused by the very different ecological situations and levels of management in which coconuts are grown, as well as a reluctance on the part of those interested mostly in coconut production to accept the idea of subsidiary enterprises on coconut lands. A very old mixed farming system, intercropping in coconuts is practiced by farmers in many tropical countries. In dry areas intercropping must be curtailed or practiced on a seasonal basis or even abandoned if water stress in palms is likely to result.