Because of the long life of a coconut palm--sixty to eighty years--and the relatively wide spacing the plants require, every coconut grower faces the problem of how to manage the land beneath the palms. Many of the small-scale farmers who manage over 90 percent of the 6 million hectares of coconut palms in the world have learned that raising cattle or other livestock under the palms can be profitable, as well as an effective method of controlling weeds. This book reviews current knowledge on this productive farming system, drawing on research results and experiences of successful farmers. Well illustrated with photographs from producing areas, the book includes information on the management of both natural (unimproved) and improved pastures.

chapter 1|18 pages


chapter 4|24 pages

Intercropping with Coconuts

chapter 5|21 pages

Natural Pastures

chapter 7|37 pages

Improved Pastures

chapter 8|44 pages

Improved Pasture Species