Monkeys to don the role of coconut pluckers in Kerala

You can soon see monkeys plucking coconuts in Kerala as they do in Sri Lanka or South East Asia. This innovative proposal will be presented to the government by  Agriculture deputy director K. R. Vijayakumar and principal agriculture officer V.K. Raju . Though the coconut development board had initiated many novel ideals like mechanised coconut climbing and collective workforce to ensure the timely harvest of coconuts, the severe dearth of pluckers  still remains a cause of concern for the coconut farmers all over the state.  Measures  like the introduction of  mechanised climbing equipments including robots for plucking coconuts and setting up a college for training coconut climbers have not been of much effect in solving the manpower shortage.

In the recent past, many exceptional crops of Kerala like coconut and paddy have declined drastically mainly due to  escalating costs of cultivation and the shortage of farm hands, which prompted the farmers to turn to less labour intensive crops like banana and rubber.

As the state continues to reel under severe shortage of coconut tree climbers, only innovative plans like these can help the farmers  in the profitable cultivation of coconut.  As per this proposal monkeys will be trained to carry out the task of plucking coconuts. There is also a proposal to set up a training centre for monkeys where these smart animals will be trained by trainers from Indonesia and Thailand.

The training will make the monkeys competent enough in plucking the ripe ones and collecting these from the ground and loading them to the trucks thus eliminating the need of manual intervention. A trained monkey  can climb up to 500 coconut trees a day, while a human can do no more than 40-50, which makes it a better option. So from now on to get the coconuts plucked on time , all you need to do is to call  in these smart monkeys for whom tree climbing is just part of monkey business!

Sholto Ramsay

Boss, motivator and general eccentric with a deep love of Kerala and India who just wants everyone to enjoy an amazing and life enhancing experience of Kerala.

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3 Responses

  1. Hope this initiative won’t harm the animals!! Due to profit motives in mind there are chances that the animals will be made to work lot with less food and all. Trainings also will be hard for those animals.

  2. Josprabin says:

    excellent way of expression , reall you are talented, subjects both series as well as ironic,
    regards

  3. Rajan_shetty says:

    Hey I had this idea as well but had to rule out since monkeys are protected under animal rights in INDIA.

    RAJ

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