Dear Sri Ramesh,
Very sad for coconut farmers in one way. Prices are not increasing from past so many years. only two alternatives, up to my thinking. One is going for suitable inter crops. second is, going for converting the end product, coconuts , as recommended by Coconut Boards. Of course, it is expensive and difficult for all the farmers.
It is better and practicable for all, most of the farmers. In diffarent regions, most of the farmers are going for inter cropping like Cocoa, Areka nut, Acid lime, Coffee ( kaveri ), Bush pepper, Ginger, partial shade loving vegetable crops, etc …
The inter crops do well in coconut farms and additional and cosiderable incomes will come to the farmers. In future, coconuts prices may also increase. I know some farmers are getting ,even upto one lakh and more per acre, in coconut,inter cropping with cocoa, in coastal areas of south india, mainly in Andhra Pradesh.
with best wishes, g.p.rao, farmer