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Title: Traditional farming and post harvest processing of coconut by Nicobari tribe
Authors: Velmurugan, A
Swarnam, TP
Sai, Tulsi Pawan
Roy, Dam S
Keywords: Nicobari tribe;Traditional knowledge;Coconut plantation;Land management;Drying;Oil extraction
Issue Date: Apr-2015
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8: A01
Abstract: The Nicobari tribes are the largest tribal group inhabiting Nicobar Islands who are well educated and advanced than many of their counterparts in these Islands and in mainland India. The main economic activity of the Nicobari tribe is agriculture and coconut plantation occupies majority of the agricultural area in these Islands. The present study encompasses a glimpse of a folk knowledge gleaned through survey on farming and post harvest processing of coconut a main source of livelihood activity of the tribals. The knowledge gained and passed on to the generations is vital for their livelihood and some of them are found relevant even today. The tribals practice a form of natural farming with minimum disturbance to the soil and do replace the old and senile plants with new seedlings. In new plantation intercropping is allowed until the seedlings are established. They also have knowledge on different methods for drying copra based on the need and extraction of oil from coconut milk mainly used for sanitary purpose which is now called as virgin coconut oil.
Page(s): 325-328
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.14(2) [April 2015]

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